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October 21st, 2021
Do you support local farms? Or enjoy farm-to-table dining at local restaurants? Do you own or manage a farm yourself? If you answered YES to any of those questions, read on.
Thanks to the hard work of many citizens, a new policy tool to protect local farms is currently under consideration by Greenville County Council. An ordinance has been introduced to establish a new Agricultural Preservation Zoning District in the county. If adopted, the Ag zoning district would serve as a tool to preserve prime farmland and ensure that future development does not negatively impact the livelihoods of local farmers, nor the economic viability of their farms.
Adoption of the Ag District should be a no brainer for County Council. The ordinance simply establishes a voluntary option for property owners to pursue zoning their land, if they so choose. It does NOT enact or change zoning anywhere in the county.
Even so, the Ag District has become contentious and faces an upward battle if it is to be adopted intact. We anticipate a vote on the ordinance by full Council in the weeks ahead.
If you want to see the Ag Zoning District adopted as drafted, contact Council TODAY. Tell them that establishing an Ag District in Greenville County simply provides local farmers with a much-needed voluntary tool to help protect their way of life and preserve the important farmlands on which we all depend.
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Joe Dill (District 17)
Michael Barnes (District 18)
Willis Meadows (District 19)
Steve Shaw (District 20)
Chris Harrison (District 21)
Stan Tzouvelekas (District 22)
Xanthene Norris (District 23)
Liz Seman (District 24)
Ennis Fant (District 25)
Lynn Ballard (District 26)
Butch Kirven (District 27)
Dan Tripp (District 28)
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