Alamance County Voluntary Agricultural District

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The Alamance County Voluntary Farmland Preservation Program

Purpose:
To promote agricultural values and general welfare of the county by increasing identity and pride in the agricultural community and its way of life; encourage the economic and financial health of agriculture; and increase protection from non-farm development and other negative impacts on properly managed farms.

Public Benefits:

    • Preserves open space in the county.
    • Provides economic diversity in the county.
    • Increases opportunities to produce locally grown agricultural commodities.

Farmer Benefits:

    • Informs new landowners of farm presence and potential of dust, noise and smells associated with agriculture possibly reducing conflicts between neighbors.
    • Requires that farmland be used as a last resort if land is considered for a public project that may condemn land.
    • Land enrolled in the program will not be assessedfees or required to connect to water and sewer service if they plan not to use the service.

Who Qualifies:

Landowners qualify for inclusion as a Voluntary Agricultural District if they meet the following conditions:

1. The farm property must be participating in the Alamance County farm present-use-value taxation program or meets these qualifications.
Minimum amount of land required:

  • 5 acres for horticulture use
  • 10 acres for general agriculture use
  • 20 acres for forestry use

2. The property must have a conservation plan certified by the Natural Resources Conservation Service or N.C. Forest Service.

Restrictions:

    • Prohibits non-farm use or development of land for 10 years.
    • Maximum creation of three lots within 10-year period.
    • The property owner may at any time voluntarily revoke agreement by submitting a written notice to Ag. Advisory Board.

For additional information please review a copy of the Alamance County Voluntary Farmland Protection Ordinance available at the Cooperative Extension Office, Alamance Soil & Water Conservation/NRCS Office and Alamance County Planning Department.

Applications for the Voluntary Ag District are also available at these locations or by clicking below:

VAD Application

VAD Application Supplemental Tract Form