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Farmland Preservation Board

Chair
Dan McQueer
PO Box 8
Bridgewater, MI 48115
PH:  734-944-5662
EM:  kaffeedan@yahoo.com

Vice Chair
Grant Howard
13214 Wallace Road
Manchester, MI 48158
PH:  734-428-0529
EM:  ghoward685@aol.com

Secretary
Remy Long
10297 Kies Road
Manchester, MI 48158
PH:  734-276-8387
EM:  remy.long@gmail.com

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

Member
Marcie Scaturo
10730 Lima Center Roa
Mancehster, MI 48158
PH:  734-478-4599
EM:  mscaturo@aatwp.org
  

The Farmland Preservation Board meets as needed at 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.

Three farms totaling 224 acres in Bridgewater Township have been permanently preserved by conservation easement. A deed restriction has been placed on them, permanently restricting development.

1) A 67-acre parcel of farmland off Hoelzer Road was preserved through the purchase of development rights (PDR) on the property. The owners worked with theWashtenaw Land Trust to receive a federal purchase of development rights grant. The Land Trust raised private contributions and the owners contributed in-kind match. In exchange for the payment they received, the owners signed a conservation easement that permanently restricted development.

2) A 40-acre farm on Michigan Avenue is permanently preserved through the donation of a conservation easement. The owners made a donation to the Washtenaw Land Trust of the easement, and as a result they qualified to receive some income tax benefits for the contribution.

3) A 30-acre conservation easement has been placed on a 117-acre parcel of land off Braun Road, owned by the Michigan Department of Transportation for purposes of wetland mitigation. Part of the land continues to be farmed.

Washtenaw County’s Natural Areas Preservation Program has purchased 143 acres in Bridgewater Township, some of which is farmland.

Bridgewater Township Ordinance Number 38 provides for the purchase of development rights on township property, through voluntary application by landowners.

Bridgewater Township’s Farmland Preservation Board invited applications from property owners in September 2006. Fourteen applications were received. Following the scoring system in the Ordinance, the Preservation Board selected three of the properties to include in an application for a state purchase of development rights grant. Due to limited funds, the township application was not funded.

In September 2007, the Bridgewater Township Board approved an agreement with Washtenaw County pertaining to the purchase of development rights (PDR) program. For future state PDR grant rounds, the Township Farmland Preservation Board will select farmland applications and submit these to the County PDR program. The County will then apply to the state PDR grant program (Michigan Agricultural Preservation Fund) for selected farmland applications from Member Townships of the Washtenaw County PDR Program. By participating through the County program, Township applicants will rank higher in the state scoring system.

For further information on the Township PDR program, contact members of the township Farmland Preservation Board. To see if your property is eligible for the Michigan Agricultural Preservation Fund (MAPF), please refer to the  Bridgewater Township PDR Eligible Areas Map and to the MAPF Eligibility Requirements.

For information on the Michigan Agricultural Preservation Fund (state PDR grant program) and the Washtenaw County PDR Program (http://farmland.ewashtenaw.org), contact County Principal Planner Terry R. Brinkman at 734-222-6882 or email at brinkmat@ewashtenaw.org.

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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