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Farmland Preservation Inc

Next Scheduled Meeting

Meeting Date Agenda
Farmland Preservation Inc. Board
March 19, 20246:00 PM
N/A

Members

Name Title
Michael Blank President
Dennis F. Steadman Vice President
Daniel C. Bankoske Treasurer
George Heinze Secretary
Sean M. Carney Member

Liaison: Dan Grenier

Meetings

The Farmland Preservation holds Zoom meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm. These times may vary, and additional meetings may be added.

Location

Virtual via Zoom
1100 Edgewood Road
Yardley, PA 19067

Schedule

Date Agenda Minutes
January 16, 20246:00 PM
February 20, 20246:00 PM
March 19, 20246:00 PM
April 16, 20246:00 PM

Mission Statement

The Lower Makefield Farmland Preservation’s mission is to preserve, in perpetuity, farmland and natural lands in Lower Makefield Township, Pennsylvania, and to maintain the long-term sustainability of farming while preserving undeveloped land for future generations.

History

Created in 1985 by Township Resolution No. 555, Lower Makefield Farmland Preservation, Inc. (“Farmland Preservation”) owns and oversees 10 parcels of farmland comprising approximately 340 acres, all of which are located within Lower Makefield Township (“LMT”), and all of which were deeded to Farmland Preservation by residential developers seeking to reduce the size of their building lots. Township Resolution No. 555 has allowed developers to sell building lots smaller than required by the Township zoning ordinance if they convey a fixed percentage of their development land to Farmland Preservation to remain in agricultural production. As the landowner, Farmland Preservation then leases the conveyed parcels to local farmers.

Farmland Preservation is managed by a Board of Directors consisting of up to five Township residents. The Township’s Board of Supervisors appoints the Directors to the Farmland Preservation Board; however, the actions of Farmland Preservation are independent of the Board of Supervisors. Township residents are encouraged to attend meetings of the Farmland Preservation Board of Directors, which are open to the public.

The Farms

The parcels of land owned by Farmland Preservation are currently leased to four farms. The current farming tenants are:

Breezyvale Farms
1878 Yardley Newtown Road
Yardley, PA 19067

Charlann Farms
586 Stony Hill Road
Yardley, PA 19067

Colavita Christmas Tree Farm
1761 Dolington Road
Yardley, PA 19067

Sterling Farm
2186 Twining Road
Newtown, PA 18940

Farmland Management

The land owned by Farmland Preservation is intended to be a source of aesthetic enjoyment for all residents of LMT. LMT does not own the land, and it is not open to the public, but rather dedicated to being used exclusively and safely by the leasing farmers for agricultural production. Farmland Preservation always wants to respect their bordering residential neighbors’ property and equally requests and expects that residents treat Farmland Preservation property as they would any good neighbor. For example, neighbors are not to go on to the property without prior permission, not deposit yard waste, tree limbs, etc. on Farmland Perseveration property and are to respect the fence and boundary line. Each of the Farmland Preservation parcels includes a buffer area of approximately 25 feet between the residential boundary line and farming activity. The leasing farmers have the exclusive right to manage the preserved farmland in accordance with the terms of their leases. The management of the farmland includes maintaining the buffer areas.

Contact Us

For further information about Farmland Preservation, please write to Lower Makefield Farmland Preservation, Inc., 1100 Edgewood Road, Yardley, PA 19067, email: admin@lmt.org.

2024 Introductory Letter to Neighbors