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Enrolling in the Farmland Preservation Program (Eligibility, Instructions, and Application)

Farmland Agreement Application Eligibility and Instructions

Farmland Agreement Application

A landowner who is interested in applying, files an application with the local governing body. Depending on where you live, the local governing body will be a city, village, township (if the township has adopted a zoning ordinance), or county for any township that does not have an adopted zoning ordinance.

The local governing body has 45 days within which to approve or reject the application.

Within this 45 days, the local governing body must seek the comments of:

  • the county or regional planning commission
  • the soil conservation district

The county or regional planning commission and soil conservation district are allowed 30 days from the day of notification to forward their comments to the clerk of the local governing body.

If approved, the application is forwarded to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Farmland and Open Space Preservation Office.

If the application is rejected, or if no action is taken by the local governing body, the applicant may appeal directly to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Instructions for Local Governing Body for Completing an Application for a Farmland Agreement

This set of instructions is for use by local governing body officials in executing their responsibilities in processing an application for Farmland Development Rights Agreement.

Tax Credit Eligibility

To be eligible for tax credits in a given year, the application to enter the program must be approved by the local unit of government on or before November 1st.