DATCP to Hold Hearings on Farmland Preservation Rule
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/29/2013
Four public hearings will be held over the next month to allow the public to comment on a proposed rule governing Wisconsin's Farmland Preservation Program.
According to the state's agriculture department, lawmakers repealed the previous Farmland Preservation Program in 2009 in response to growing pressures to convert farmland statewide to nonagricultural uses, and recreated it with a new structure. The new law authorized the DATCP to write an administrative
rule, called ATCP 49, to lay out technical details as to how local governments may plan and zone to preserve farmland. Landowners within farmland preservation zones may be able to claim tax credits.
Public hearings will be held at the following locations:
** February 14: Outagamie County Highway Department, Appleton - 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m.
** February 21: DNR Service Center, Eau Claire - 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 6:30-8 p.m.
** February 26: Marathon County Extension Office, Wausau - 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 6:30-8 p.m.
** February 28: DATCP Office, Madison - 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 6:30-8 p.m.
For more information about the new changes in the law or to find out more about the hearings, call 608-224-4712.