Farmland Preservation Board

Dan McQueer
PH:  734-944-5662

Vice Chair
Grant Howard
PH:  734-428-0529


Dave Faust
PH:  517-456-4969, 517-456-8007

Marcie Scaturo
PH:  734-478-4599

Dennis Wilkin
PH:  517-605-1478

The Farmland Preservation Board meets on the third Monday of every quarter at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Township Hall located at 10990 Clinton Road, Manchester, MI  48158.

Farmland Preservation

Many farms in the township are enrolled in the Michigan P.A. 116 program. This is a temporary means of preserving farmland, since the farm owners enter into a contract with the state for a limited number of years, agreeing not to develop their land in exchange for tax benefits.

Some landowners in the township have chosen to permanently protect their property with a conservation easement. A conservation easement is a voluntary deed restriction that limits the scope and type of development on a property. To date, 227 acres in Bridgewater Township have been permanently protected with conservation easements. 

"What is a conservation easement and how does it preserve my land?"

  • Farmland, natural land and open space areas can be protected from development – forever – with a legal document called a conservation easement.
  • Conservation easements have the following components:
    º  They are agreements between the landowner (and/or the family trust) and a qualified organization (such as a land conservancy/trust, or government agency).
    º  They protect the values that are considered worth protecting, called conservation values (agricultural land, open land, forest, natural areas, scenic areas, river frontage, etc.).
    º  Landowners restrict their development rights when protecting the land. In exchange, their development rights are quantified with an appraisal, and then may be purchased (cash), donated (tax deduction), or a combination of both (bargain sale).
    º  When written to IRS specifications, conservation easements are permanent and may lead to significant income, estate, and/or property tax benefits for the landowner.

Bridgewater Township Ordinance Number 38 provides for the purchase of development rights on township property, through voluntary application by landowners. “Purchase of development rights” is commonly used to describe conservation easement programs. To see if your property is eligible for a purchase of development rights program, please refer to the Bridgewater Township PDR Eligible Areas Map.

The following programs are available to township residents interested in protecting their land:

  1. Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission – Natural Areas Preservation Program (NAPP)
    • Description: NAPP accepts nominations from county residents for purchase of development rights or fee simple acquisitions.  You can find the nomination form here
      Contact:, 734-971-6337
  2. Legacy Land Conservancy
    • Description: A non-profit dedicated to the permanent protection of natural areas and farmland in Washtenaw and Jackson Counties, by donation or purchase of development rights. 
      Contact:, 734-302-5263
  3. Raisin Valley Land Trust
    • Description: A local, private, non-profit, corporation dedicated to the preservation of natural areas and farmland in the River Raisin watershed through donated development rights. 
      Contact:, 734-265-0303

Any township residents interested in learning more about their land preservation options are encouraged to contact the Farmland Preservation Board’s chair, Dan McQueer, or secretary, Remy Long, to learn more. They will help connect landowners to the correct resources.

The following is a list of resources, grant opportunities and cost-sharing programs for township residents interested in land stewardship and farmland certifications:

Meeting Agendas & Minutes

 Meeting Date  Agenda/Packet  Approved Minutes
 January 20, 2020  01-20-2020  01-20-2020
 October 19, 2020  09-19-2020  


 Meeting Date  Agenda/Packet  Approved Minutes
 January 21, 2019    Minutes
 Apil 15, 2019  Agenda  Minutes
 August 19, 2019  Agenda  Minutes


 Meeting Date  Agenda/Packet  Approved Minutes
 January 15, 2018    01-15-2018
 February 19, 2018    
 March 19, 2018    03-19-2018
 April 16, 2018    04-16-2018
 May 21, 2018    05-21-2018
 June 18, 2018    06-18-2018
 July 16, 2018  07-16-2018  
 August 20, 2018    08-20-2018
 September 17, 2018    09-10-2018
 October 15, 2018  10-15-2018  
 November 19, 2018    
 December 17, 2018    


 Meeting Date  Agenda/Packet  Approved Minutes
 May 15, 2017  Agenda  Minutes
 July 17, 2017  Agenda  Minutes
 August 21, 2017    Minutes
 September 18, 2017  Agenda  Minutes
 October 16, 2017  Agenda  Minutes
 November 20, 2017  Agenda  Minutes

Mission Statement

The Bridgewater Township Board of Trustees adopted a mission statement at its December 20, 2006 meeting: "To provide our constituents a people-focused approach to public service built upon the simplicity and efficiency of rural government where all public bodies work closely together to be more responsive to the public's needs."

January 28, 2007 1:18 pm

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