The SADC in December 2008 appointed a Deed of Easement Subcommittee to examine various provisions of the farmland preservation Deed of Easement to determine where clarification may be needed to ensure consistent interpretation and related decision-making by the SADC and its preservation partners.
This process is intended to clarify the SADC's interpretation of the Deed of Easement as it relates to the increasingly wide range of issues and landowner requests concerning permissible uses of preserved farmland. It is not intended to and will not impose any new requirements on landowners.
The Deed of Easement Subcommittee developed two reports intended to set forth guidance on how the SADC interprets the Deed of Easement in general, and specifically as it applies to recreational uses. The SADC accepted the reports on April 23, 2010, and directed that they be distributed for comment. The SADC reviewed comments and approved the General Guidance report at its May 26th meeting. The SADC plans to issue the principles contained in that report as a formal rule proposal at a future meeting. In response to comments received, the SADC has postponed further action on the Recreational Uses report until the On-Farm Direct Marketing/Agritourism AMP Working Group completes its work.
Distribution Memo (April 29, 2010)
Report #1: General Guidance (as approved by the SADC on May 26, 2011)
Report #2: Recreational Uses (draft as distributed on April 29, 2010)
Soil Disturbance on Lands Enrolled in Eight-Year and Permanent Preservation Programs
The Subcommittee is working to develop a better understanding of the effects of soil disturbance and construction of improvements on preserved farms in order to help formulate the SADC's future policy direction on these issues. As the first step in this process, the SADC contracted with Rutgers Agricultural Experiment Station Cooperative Extension to conduct the following two studies, which were accepted by the SADC on April 23, 2010:
Assessment of Soil Disturbance on Farmland -- a review of academic literature and summary of findings on the impact of certain agricultural practices on soil
Characterizing the Modern New Jersey Farm Landscape -- an analysis of the nature and extent of agricultural infrastructure on 10 New Jersey farms that represent a range of production agriculture
SADC Summary of the 2 Rutgers Reports