Help Save Snohomish Farmland

October 12, 2012

Snohomish County’s farmland is under constant threat.   We can and must take action locally to better protect our working lands from nearby development.  One tool that could do just this is already under consideration by the Snohomish County Council–is a county-wide Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program.

This new program could be adopted that would allow developers to buy development credits that would not only give farmers needed income to help keep their farms profitable, but also ensure that farmland stays as farmland into the future.   And!  The program would help to redirect the development credits for increased development in more suitable urban locations.

Unfortunately, we’re already seeing pushback from some irresponsible developers to make this program a tool to create sprawl, instead of stopping it.

Please CLICK on this link- to email the County and let them know you support a good TDR program to protect farmland and stop sprawl.

Preserve Farmland in Snohomish County

We know it is important for Snohomish County Council to adopt a TDR program that includes measures for both sending and receiving areas in order for both farmers and developers to make it work.  But I need your help to get this message to the County Council.

Please join me and CLICK on this link – to ask that the Snohomish County Council to adopt a full TDR Program this year that ensures adequate urban areas are included as receiving areas, and that will not further impact our rural areas.

The Snohomish County Council will be holding the public hearing at 10:00 a.m.  on Friday, October 19th in their chambers, 3000 Rockefeller Avenue in Everett, to consider the TDR program and several amendments as to what should constitute receiving areas.

Please feel free to join me and let the council know you want to protect our county’s farmland—and stop sprawl in our rural areas.

CLICK on this link  – to send a message today!

Thanks for all that you do,

Kristin Kelly
Snohomish County Program Director, Futurewise
Smart Growth Director, Pilchuck Audubon Society

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