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County looks to preserve farm land

Fueled by a local movement to preserve farm lands, county planners and those concerned about agriculture are collectively hashing out ideas for future land-use decisions.

“People are realizing we’re losing an important resource,” said Lesa Osterholm, from the area Resource Conservation District. She called the recent collaboration between planners and agriculture representatives “unprecedented.”

Osterholm sits on a subcommittee of both agencies formed in June to address agriculture and land use issues.



On Thursday, the subcommittee will make recommendations to the county Planning Commission and Agricultural Advisory Commission during a special public meeting at 5 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors chambers at the Eric W. Rood Administration Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City.

Recommendations include taking a closer look at how the county’s general plan addresses agriculture.




“It was very vague,” Osterholm said.

A planning map of important farmlands in the county continues to list dairy and poultry farms defunct for years, and it needs to be updated, Osterholm said.

“We realized we really need to revisit it,” she added.

Preserving continuous open space for grazing needs to be considered in the mapping process, along with conditions of soils and water availability, agricultural advisor Jeff Pylman said.

The planning commission will forward their recommendations to the county Board of Supervisors.

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To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail lbrown@theunion.com or call 477-4231.


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