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State Agriculture Development Committee

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State Agriculture Development CommitteeStat

    COUNTY ___________________________________

    MUNICIPALITY_________________________________

    FARM NAME _______________________________

     NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION ____________________

    STATE AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

    Farmland Preservation Program

    Nonprofit Grant

    Easement or Fee Simple Acquisition Application

    for an Individual Farm

    2012 (FY) Funding Round

    May 21, 2012 Submission Deadline

Link to SADC Guidance Library

    For SADC use only

    SADC ID#______________________________

    Date Received___________________________

    Staff Reviewer__________________________

    I. Checklist of Enclosed Items

    All checklist items are required for administrative completeness of this application. Omissions may delay review and

    evaluation of this application.

Please check off the following attachments upon completion:

Current recorded deed of ownership.

     Contract purchaser agreement, if appropriate.

    Current recorded deed of easement and/or conservation easements, if appropriate.

    Tax map with lot boundaries, exceptions, existing residences, and adjacent land uses clearly identified.

     Current Farm Tax Assessment Form with Land Use (crops/products) identified.

    GIS map or 7.5 minute USGS Topographic Quad Map with the application lot boundaries and any

    preserved farms (current applications or previously preserved) within one-half mile of the application

    parcel(s) clearly identified. GIS shape files should be emailed (unzipped) or provided on disc with this

    application.

    USDA NRCS or GIS soils map with lot boundaries and exceptions clearly identified and soil calculations

    including soil map units, acres and percentages of each unit.

    Copies of all recorded easements on the Property.

    Municipal zoning ordinance for subject farm with schedule of minimum lot size requirement.

    Municipal Right To Farm ordinance (if applicable).

    If the Nonprofit moves forward with appraisals, verification that a copy of the Application has been

    provided to each of the independent appraisers and completed appraisal order checklist.

    Verification that the Nonprofit has made an onsite inspection of the premises.

    Enabling resolution for certification of authorized individual.

    Copy of proposed Deed Restrictions.

    Wetlands and Tidelands maps.

    Affidavit of publication.

    Notice of application to municipality and CADB

    Comments from municipality and CADB.

    Photos

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II. Easement or Fee Simple Application

    A. IS THIS APPLICATION FOR EASEMENT PURCHASE? YES NO

    B. IS THIS APPLICATION FOR FEE SIMPLE PURCHASE? YES NO

III. ADMINISTRATIVE VERIFICATION:

    ** To avoid amending applications subsequent to SADC approval, which can delay the evaluation

    process, the nonprofit organization should verify that:

     The application is accurate, complete and final; Required documentation has been provided.

     Onsite inspection of premises has been completed.

     Restrictions including severable and non-severable exceptions have been thoroughly explained to

    the applicant.

Prepared by:________________________________________________________

     Nonprofit Organization staff

IV. APPLICATION ELIGIBILITY for Nonprofit Grant Program

    A. No application will be reviewed by the SADC for permanent farmland preservation in more than

    one program at a time. Is the nonprofit organization aware of this application being considered in

    any other farmland preservation program at this time? YES NO

    B. If the nonprofit organization pre-acquired the land in fee simple title or the easement for farmland

    preservation purposes, have three years passed since the date of acquisition? YES NO

    C. If a landowner rejects an offer for an amount equal to or greater than the certified market value,

    the Committee shall not accept an application for two years from the date that the application for a

    sale of the development easement was originally submitted to the Committee. This provision

    applies only to an application from the same landowner for the same farm property.

     Is the nonprofit organization aware of this landowner’s application conflicting with the above?

     YES NO

    (If the answer is “YES” to A, B, or C, then the application shall not be eligible for submittal to the Committee for

    consideration at this time.)

    D. Is the application located within an adopted Agricultural Development Area? YES NO

    E. Does the application meet the Minimum Eligibility Criteria (N.J.A.C. 2:76-6.20) as demonstrated

    at Section V below? YES NO

    (If the answer is “NO” to D or E then the application shall not be eligible for submittal to the SADC for consideration.)

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    V. MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA pursuant to N.J.A.C. 2:76-6.20 V.

     Please complete checklist as appropriate below and provide attachments demonstrating compliance with the following.

    Identify supporting documentation in Addendum A.

    For lands less than or equal to 10 acres the land must meet the following criteria in 1i., ii., iii. and iv.

    or 1.i, ii, iii, iv and 1v. below to be eligible for preservation with SADC funding:

    1.i. The land produces agricultural or horticultural products of at least $2,500 annually.

     $_______________ in annual production.

     Supporting documentation provided (tax forms, receipts, etc.)

    1. ii. At least 75% of the land is tillable or a minimum of 5 acres, whichever is less.

     _________% of the land is tillable

     _________ tillable acres

     Supporting documentation provided (GIS wetland and soils maps, farm tax assessment

     form).

    1. iii. At least 75% of the land, or a minimum of 5 acres, whichever is less, consists of soils that

    are capable of supporting agricultural or horticultural production.

     _________ % of the land with soils capable of supporting agricultural or horticultural

    production

     _________ acres supporting agricultural or horticultural production

     Supporting documentation provided (GIS soils map).

    1. iv. The land must exhibit development potential based on a finding that all of the following

    standards are met:

    (1) The municipal zoning ordinance for the land as it is being appraised must allow additional

    development, and in the case of residential zoning, at least one additional residential site

    beyond that which will potentially exist on the premises.

     Municipal zoning supports additional development potential. YES NO

     Supporting documentation provided (copy of current zoning regulations and

    subdivision ordinance excerpts, zoning map).

    (2) Where the purported development value of the land depends on the potential to provide

    access for additional development, the municipal zoning ordinances allowing further

    subdivision of the land must be verified. If access is only available pursuant to an easement,

    the easement must specify that further subdivision of the land is possible. To the extent that

    this potential access is subject to ordinances such as those governing allowable subdivisions,

    common driveways and shared access, these facts must be confirmed in writing by the

    municipal zoning officer or planner.

     Sufficient access exists. YES NO

     Supporting documentation provided.

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    (3) The land shall not contain more than 80 percent soils classified as freshwater or modified

    agricultural wetlands according to the NJDEP wetlands maps. If the DEP wetlands maps are in

    dispute, further investigation and onsite analysis may be conducted by a certified licensed

    engineer or qualified wetlands consultant and/or a letter of interpretation issued by the NJDEP

    may be secured.

     _________% soils classified as freshwater or modified agricultural wetlands.

     Supporting documentation provided (wetlands map and/or NJDEP Letter of

    Interpretation).

    (4) The land shall not contain more than 80% soils with slopes in excess of 15% as identified

    on a USDA NRCS SSURGO version 2.2 or newer soils map.

     ________ % soils with slopes in excess of 15%.

     Supporting documentation provided ( GIS soils map).

    1. v. The land is eligible for allocation of development credits pursuant to a transfer of

    development potential program authorized and duly adopted by law.

     YES NO

     Supporting documentation provided.

    For lands greater than 10 acres, the land must meet the criteria in (a)2i, ii, and iii or 2iv to be eligible

    for preservation with SADC funding:

    2. i. At least 50% of the land or a minimum of 25 acres, whichever is less, is tillable.

     _________% of the land is tillable

     ___________ tillable acres

     Supporting documentation provided (GIS wetland and soils maps, farm tax

    assessment form.).

    2. ii. At least 50% of the land or a minimum of 25 acres, whichever is less, consists of soils that are capable of supporting agricultural or horticultural production.

     _________ % of the land with soils capable of supporting agricultural or

    horticultural production

     _________ acres supporting agricultural or horticultural production

     Supporting documentation provided (GIS soils map).

    2. iii. The land must exhibit development potential based on a finding that all of the following

    standards are met:

    (1) The municipal zoning ordinance for the land as it is being appraised must allow

    additional development, and in the case of residential zoning, at least one additional

    residential site beyond that which will potentially exist on the premises.

     Municipal zoning supports additional development potential.

     YES NO

     Supporting documentation provided (copy of current zoning map, regulations

    and subdivision ordinance excerpts).

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    (2) Where the purported development value of the land depends on the potential to provide access for additional development, the municipal zoning ordinances allowing further subdivision of the land must be verified. If access is only available pursuant to an easement, the easement must specify that further subdivision of the land is possible. To the extent that this potential access is subject to ordinances such as those governing allowable subdivisions, common driveways and shared access, these facts must be confirmed in writing by the municipal zoning officer or planner.

     Sufficient access exists. YES NO

     Supporting documentation provided.

    (3) Land that is less than 25 acres in size shall not contain more than 80 percent soils classified as freshwater or modified agricultural wetlands according to the NJDEP wetlands maps. If the DEP wetlands maps are in dispute, further investigation and onsite analysis may be conducted by a certified licensed engineer or qualified wetlands consultant and/or a letter of interpretation issued by the NJDEP may be secured and used to provide a more accurate assessment of the site conditions, provided, however, that nothing herein shall require the Committee to conduct such additional investigation.

     _________ % soils classified as freshwater or modified agricultural wetands.

     Supporting documentation provided (wetlands map and/or NJDEP Letter of

    Interpretation).

    (4) Land that is less than 25 acres in size shall not contain more than 80% soils with slopes in excess of 15% as identified on a USDA NRCS SSURGO version 2.2 or newer soils map.

     ________ % soils with slopes in excess of 15%.

     Supporting documentation provided (GIS soils map).

    2. iv. The land is eligible for allocation of development credits pursuant to a transfer of

    development potential program authorized and duly adopted by law

     YES NO

     Supporting documentation provided.

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VI. APPLICANT INFORMATION

Please enter for each related party applying for easement purchase (landowner of record, contract purchaser, current owner

    of the easement). If the applicant is an estate represented by an executor, please list the executor as the primary applicant

    contact if there is more than one applicant/owner. If the applicant is represented by an attorney or other legal representation,

    please provide that individual’s contact information in the appropriate space provided below.

    Name (Primary Contact): ______________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________ City: _________________________ State: ____________ Zip Code: ________ Phone (bus.): __________________________________ Fax: _______________________ Phone (home): __________________________________ Email: ______________________

Type of Application Participation: (check one)

     ( ) Sole Proprietor (Husband/Wife) ( ) Contract Purchaser (Fee Simple)

     ( ) Partner of a Partnership ( ) Contract Purchaser (Easement)

     ( ) Proprietor or Multi-Proprietor ( ) Municipality (current easement owner)

     ( ) Executor of an Estate ( ) County (current easement owner)

     ( ) Corporate Officer in a Corporation ( ) Conservation Organization

     ( ) Trustee of a Trust ( ) Institution

    ____________________________________________________________________________________________

    Name: _______________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________ City: _________________________ State: ____________ Zip Code: ________ Phone (bus.): __________________________________ Fax: _______________________ Phone (home): __________________________________ Email: ______________________

Type of Participation: (check one)

     ( ) Sole Proprietor (Husband/Wife) ( ) Contract Purchaser (Fee Simple)

     ( ) Partner of a Partnership ( ) Contract Purchaser (Easement)

     ( ) Proprietor or Multi-Proprietor ( ) Municipality (current easement owner)

     ( ) Executor of an Estate ( ) County (current easement owner)

     ( ) Corporate Officer in a Corporation ( ) Conservation Organization

     ( ) Trustee of a Trust ( ) Institution

    ____________________________________________________________________________________________

Primary Contact if not applicant/owner__________________________________________________

    Address: ______________________________________________________________________ City: _______________________________ State: ____________ Zip Code: _________ Phone (bus.): ____________________________ Fax: ________________________________ Phone (home): ___________________________ Email: ______________________________

    ( ) Lawyer or Legal Representative ( ) Realtor of a Real-estate Agency ( ) Other

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    VII. APPLICATION SUMMARY INFORMATION:

A. Block and Lot Information

    Please list all Blocks and Lots included within the application; See Appendix B for municipal codes

    Municipal Code: _________Block: _______ Lot: _________ Acres: ______

    Municipal Code: _________Block: _______ Lot: _________ Acres: ______

    Municipal Code: _________Block: _______ Lot: _________ Acres: ______

    Municipal Code: _________Block: _______ Lot: _________ Acres: ______

    Municipal Code: _________Block: _______ Lot: _________ Acres: ______

    * Please review Schedule A acknowledging that you have read and

    understand the SADC policy on dividing preserved lands

    and return the signed sheet with this application. *

B. Total Gross Acreage: __________ acres

    C. Existing dwelling units

    ; # of existing dwelling units within portion of the property to be deed restricted. ______________

    ; # of existing dwelling units located within exceptions areas ______________

    * Please review Schedule B acknowledging that you have read and understand

    exception areas and return the signed sheet with this application. *

D. Exceptions (Please insure consistency with tax map).

    ; Non Severable Exceptions

    ; # of non severable exceptions: ______________

    ; Total acreage of non severable exceptions: ______________ acres

    ; Severable Exceptions

    ; # of severable exceptions: ______________

    ; Total acreage of severable exceptions: ______________ acres E. Net Acreage of Preserved Premises: ______________ acres

    (Total Gross Acreage Exception Area Acreage = Net Acreage)

    F. Residual Dwelling Site Opportunities (RDSO’s)

    ; Number of eligible RDSOs (Overall gross density must not exceed

    one RDSO per 100 acres): _________

    ; Number of RDSOs requested by landowner: _________

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G. Agricultural Production:

    (Please describe all agricultural production currently taking place on the property using the appropriate Standard Industrial Code (SIC) found in Appendix A)

    SIC #______ Agricultural Production Type_________________ Approximate Acreage _______

    SIC #______ Agricultural Production Type_________________ Approximate Acreage _______

    SIC #______ Agricultural Production Type_________________ Approximate Acreage _______

    SIC #______ Agricultural Production Type_________________ Approximate Acreage _______

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VIII. A. EXCEPTIONS Specific locations must be depicted on tax map or aerial image.

    ___ Acreage of exception ; Would you like the exception to stay with the farm (NonSeverable) ? OR

     able to be subdivided from the farm (severable) ?

    Reason for exception: _______________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Number of existing residences within exception area(s) _______ (please review the Septic Policy)

    Is the exception configured to include the existing septic system? YES NO

    Are you willing to restrict the number of residences within the exception? YES how many #__________

    What type of residences would you like to permit?_________________________________________________ NO please explain________________________________________________________________________

    Please list any buildings and/or nonagricultural uses within the proposed exception area: ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________

Please complete the following section if you are requesting more than one exception area (copy page if necessary)

___ Acreage of exception ; Would you like the exception to stay with the farm (NonSeverable) ? OR

     able to be subdivided from the farm (severable) ?

    Reason for exception: _______________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Number of existing residences within exception area(s) _______ (please review the Septic Policy)

    Is the exception configured to include the existing septic system? YES NO

    Are you willing to restrict the number of residences within the exception? YES how many #__________

    What type of residences would you like to permit?_________________________________________________ NO please explain________________________________________________________________________

    Please list any buildings and/or nonagricultural uses within the proposed exception area: ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ If the requested exception is severable the following Right to Farm language will be included in the easement unless otherwise requested:

    Grantors, grantor’s heirs, executors, administrators, personal or legal representatives, successors and assigns or any person to whom title to

    the Exception Area is transferred as well as the heirs, executors, administrators, personal or legal representatives, successors and assigns

    of all such persons are hereby notified and made aware that the Exception Area is adjacent to a parcel (“Premises”) permanently deed restricted under the Agriculture Retention and Development Act, N.J.S.A. 4:1C-11 et seq. Such persons taking title to the Exception Area

    are notified and made aware that agriculture is the accepted and preferred use of the adjacent Premises and that the adjacent Premises

    shall continue in agricultural use as defined in Section 2 of the Deed of Easement.

Has the Municipality or County placed any other requirements on the exception? YES NO

    (If yes, please explain) ________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________

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