Dane County is updating its Farmland Preservation Plan as required by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) every ten years. The City of Fitchburg's Farmland Preservation Plan is technically a part of the Dane County Farmland Preservation Plan, also certificated by DATCP. Fitchburg staff is once again coordinating with Dane County to secure DATCP certification.
More information regarding Dane County's Farmland Preservation Plan can be found at this link.
The Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee discussed the farmland preservation plan and map at the September 20 meeting. The packet materials are at this link and the draft minutes are at this link.
There will be a public hearing on October 18 regarding the City's adoption of the Dane County Farmland Preservation Plan and the approval of the Farmland Preservation Map. The proposed map and draft of the Dane County Plan are included in the packet materials for the October 11 Common Council packet at this link.
The City of Fitchburg updated its Farmland Preservation Plan and Farmland Preservation Zoning Ordinance in 2014 and 2015. Both the Plan and the Zoning Ordinance have been certified by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP). The city's plan is technically a chapter in the Dane County Farmland Preservation Plan, also certified by DATCP. The City's Farmland Preservation Zoning Ordinance applies to all lands in the City's Exclusive Agriculture (A-X) Zoning District.
DATCP certification of the Plan and Zoning Ordinance enables qualifying landowners in the city to be eligible for the State of Wisconsin Farmland Preservation Tax Credit Various lands in the city were re-zoned as part of the Plan and Zoning Ordinance update.