Rules and Regulations of the Agricultural Lands Preservation Commission


Title 505 Agricultural Lands Preservation Commission
Chapter 00 N/A
Subchapter 00 N/A
Part 1 Rules and Regulations of the Agricultural Lands Preservation Commission
Type of Filing Amendment
Regulation Status Proposed View Active Rule
Filing Notice Date 03/05/2019
Public Comment Dates 03/05/2019 to 04/04/2019

Regulation Authority :

R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 42-82

Purpose and Reason :

The Agricultural Lands Preservation Commission is charged with identifying and acquiring the development rights to land so as to maintain farming, productive open spaces, and ground water recharge areas.  The purpose of these rules is to establish standard operating procedures for the Commission in fulfilling its duties. The reasons for amending the rules are:

1) The current rules contain provisions that would be better suited in a guidance document.  Removing these provisions will make the rules easier to understand and comply with.

2) The Commission wishes to update its scoring system by eliminating some criteria that it no longer believes to be useful.

3)  Allow for greater flexibility in the administration of the program so that staff resources may be used more efficiently.

A summary of non-technical changes between the previous version of the rules and the proposed amended rules follows:

  1. Deleted rules on Meetings and Officers

  2. Revised rule on Application Procedures

  3. Deleted the requirement that soils evaluation must use “an approved soils evaluation system developed by the USDA”

  4. Added point values for criterion scores

  5. Deleted specific descriptions of criteria for Open Space, Cultural, and Scenic Features

  6. Deleted Relative Development Pressure as a scoring criterion

  7. Deleted State and Local Plans as a scoring criterion

  8. Added criterion for demonstrated local and/or conservation organization support

  9. Revised criteria for selecting applicants for negotiation

  10. Allows the Commission to authorize staff to conduct negotiations


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