Public Laws

124th Legislature

First Regular Session


Parts: A B C

Chapter 356

S.P. 424 - L.D. 1133

PART C

Sec. C-1. 30-A MRSA 4401, sub-2-B is enacted to read:

2-B. Farmland. "Farmland" means a parcel consisting of 5 or more acres of land that is:
A. Classified as prime farmland, unique farmland or farmland of statewide or local importance by the Natural Resources Conservation Service within the United States Department of Agriculture; or
B. Used for the production of agricultural products as defined in Title 7, section 152, subsection 2.

Sec. C-2. 30-A MRSA 4404, sub-14-A is enacted to read:

14-A. Farmland. All farmland within the proposed subdivision has been identified on maps submitted as part of the application. Any mapping of farmland may be done with the help of the local soil and water conservation district;

Sec. C-3. The State Planning Office and the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources develop a model ordinance. The Executive Department, State Planning Office and the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources shall review existing municipal ordinances intended to protect farmland and provide examples of these provisions to municipal and regional planning committees. The Director of the State Planning Office and the Commissioner of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources shall report on their progress and outcomes to the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry by December 1, 2009.

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