What is an agricultural security area?
Agricultural security areas are intended to promote more permanent and viable farming operations over the long term by strengthening the farming community's sense of security in land use and the right to farm. Agricultural security areas are created by local municipalities in cooperation with individual landowners who agree to collectively place at least 250 acres in an agricultural security area.
Agricultural security areas provide three main benefits to landowners:
Having land enrolled in an Agricultural Security Area does not restrict a landowner's ability to use his or her property for non-agricultural development purposes.
Application forms can be obtained under ALP Forms & Documents.
INSTRUCTIONS for applying to an Agricultural Security Area (ASA):
All owners of the proposed ASA tracts must sign the application form for each parcel being offered for inclusion in the ASA. Applications no longer need to be mailed to the municipality by certified mail. Take the completed application form and map to your municipality and request a dated receipt. This will begin the 180 day waited period, after which the township will record a resolution adopting the parcels into the ASA. The township is notify the Farmland Preservation Office that your farm has been enrolled into the ASA. Contact the Farmland Preservation Office for the required map of your parcels.