The Real Deal New York

East Hampton Town considers a toothier “save the farmland” program

December 21, 2016 05:23PM

As East Hampton dukes it out with the Bistrians, the municipality is also considering a more systematic approach to preserving other plots of farmland in the region. Namely, board members are considering using the community preservation fund to purchase “enhanced development rights” on already-preserved land. Under current preservation laws, certain privately-owned farms are barred from using the land outside of farming. The “enhanced development rights” proposal, however, would impose further restrictions, including a statute that would protect the land from being used as a giant lawn. [EHS]