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File #: 72997    Version: Name: Establishing the Farmland Preservation Taskforce
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 8/2/2022 In control: MADISON FOOD POLICY COUNCIL
On agenda: 9/6/2022 Final action: 9/6/2022
Enactment date: 9/7/2022 Enactment #: RES-22-00635
Title: SUBSTITUTE: Establishing the Task Force on Farmland Preservation
Sponsors: Tag Evers, Yannette Figueroa Cole
Attachments: 1. SMC_Email Comment_8.22.2022_72997_Ellinger.pdf, 2. SMC_Email Comment_8.22.2022_72997_Cannon.pdf, 3. 8-29-22 Planning Division Memo-FPTF.pdf, 4. 72997 v1.pdf
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution establishes a Task Force on Farmland Preservation. No budget authority exists for the Task Force. Any costs associated with the Task Force that cannot be covered through existing budget authority would need to be included in a future budget request and subject to Council approval.

SUBSTITUTE: Establishing the Task Force on Farmland Preservation
WHEREAS, farmland preservation and increasing access to community gardens and agricultural land for underrepresented groups are highlighted in the 2018 City of Madison Comprehensive Plan (; and,

WHEREAS, farmland preservation provides economic and social benefits ( to a broad segment of the community while providing ecosystem services such as flood prevention; and,

WHEREAS, according to the land access survey administered by Rooted, since 2019, demand for farmland for community gardens and small-scale market gardeners within the City of Madison is continuing to increase; and,

WHEREAS, the opportunity to provide these land-based benefits diminishes with each acre of farmland that is used for development; and,

WHEREAS, the Dane County Farmland Preservation Plan is based on tax credits for owners of medium to large parcels of farmland outside of the City of Madison and therefore is not relevant to the needs of urban agricultural practitioners within city limits; and,

WHEREAS, the importance of farmland preservation has been raised numerous times by the Madison Food Policy Council, especially during the Comprehensive Plan Work Group’s efforts during the city-wide Imagine Madison process in 2018, but it still has not been formally addressed at a policy level; and,

WHEREAS, City decision makers will benefit from policy guidelines to help them balance development interests with the strong community values that support local food production, local food businesses and the preserva...

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