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Strategy RC2.1: Research the costs and benefits of reducing acreage requirements for Voluntary Agricultural District and/or Present Use Value designation.

Strategy Description

Research has shown that minimum acreage requirements are essential for agricultural tax abatement programs to be successful. Due to the unique mountain environment, these requirements should be studied to understand the costs and benefits to land owners, local governments, and others of reducing acreage requirements

Additional Information / Case Studies

Farm in Buncombe County | Image Credit: Land-of-Sky Regional Council

Recommendation

RC2: Preserve agriculture and forestry lands.