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Lenoir County Voluntary Agricultural District

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North Carolina Agricultural Districts

The purpose of the Agricultural District Program is to encourage the preservation and protection of farmland from non-farm development. This is in recognition of the importance of agriculture to the economic and social well being of North Carolina.

In Chapter 106, Article 61 of the North Carolina General Statutes, the North Carolina General Assembly authorized counties to undertake a series of programs to encourage the preservation of farmland. As a result, counties throughout the state of North Carolina have begun to adopt Voluntary Agricultural District Ordinances (VAD) and Enhanced Voluntary Agricultural District Ordinances (EVAD).

Lenoir County VAD Ordinance

The ordinance provides for the creation of an Agricultural Advisory Board to administer this program. The Board reviews and approves applications for qualifying farmland as well as establishing the agricultural district.

Lenoir County’s VAD Board Members

Responsibilities of the Agricultural Advisory Board

  • Review and make recommendations concerning the establishment and modification of agricultural districts.
  • Review and make recommendations concerning any ordinance or amendment adopted or proposed for adoption.
  • Hold public hearings on public projects likely to have an impact on agricultural operations, particularly if such projects involve condemnation of all or part of any qualifying farm.
  • Advise the governing board of the county or city on projects, programs, or issues affecting the agricultural economy or way of life within the county.
  • Perform other related tasks or duties assigned by the governing board of the county or city.

Eligibility for Voluntary Agricultural Districts (as defined in G.S. 106-737):

  • Farm participating in the farm present-use-value taxation program (G.S. 105-277.7) or is otherwise determined by the county to meet all the qualification of this program set forth in G.S. 105-277.3.
  • Farm managed in accordance with the Soil Conservation Service defined erosion control practices that are addressed to highly erodable land.
  • Farm is subject of a conservation agreement, as defined in G.S. 121-35, between the county and the owner of such land that prohibits nonfarm use or development of such land for a period of at least 10 years, except for the creation of not more than three lots that meet applicable county zoning and subdivision regulations. By written notice to the county, the landowner may revoke this conservation agreement (if a VOLUNTARY Agricultural District). Such revocation shall result in the loss of qualifying farm status.
  • Other elgibility requirements required by the individual county.

VAD Application

If you would like more information about Lenoir County Voluntary Agricultural District please contact:

Eve Honeycutt, Livestock Agent-Lenoir and Greene Counties
Office: 252-527-2191
Email: eve_honeycutt@ncsu.edu

Written By

Photo of Jessica Griffin, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionJessica GriffinCounty Extension Administrative Assistant (252) 527-2191 (Office) jessica_griffin@ncsu.eduLenoir County, North Carolina

Contributing Specialist

Photo of Eve Honeycutt, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionEve HoneycuttExtension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock, Lenoir and Greene (252) 527-2191 (Office) eve_honeycutt@ncsu.eduLenoir County, North Carolina
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