May 5, 2013 |
The Christie administration appears resolved to steer large solar farms away from the state's disappearing agricultural land. This week, the Board of Public Utilities approved just three of 57 applications to build grid-supply projects on farmland. Grid-supply systems feed electricity directly from local solar arrays into the regional power infrastructure. The state's solar market is in turmoil, with the price of solar credits dropping dramatically the last two years. Falling prices are blamed mostly on overbuilding of solar systems, stemming from state and federal incentives to developers.
October 20, 1987
Voters should answer "yes" to the Nov. 3 ballot question that would help enable the state to spend $100 million to preserve farmland. Such a vote is the first, crucial step toward a program to slow the loss of Pennsylvania's farmland, which is disappearing at the alarming rate of 90,000 acres a year. The losses are especially high in areas like the region around Philadelphia where suburban expansion has meant chopping up farms into acre pieces and converting the land from crops to subdivisions or shopping centers.
November 1, 1989 |
Amid the elections for control of the governor's office, the Legislature and the freeholder board, Camden County residents also will have a chance to vote next Tuesday on a program to preserve farmland. Voters will be asked whether the county should spend up to $3 million to pay farmers so that they will not sell their land for development. Specifically, the county would buy a development easement on the properties, meaning that farmers would continue to own the land but would give up the right to sell it for the development now sweeping the county's southern end. "The voters of Camden County have an opportunity to indicate their position on preserving dwindling farmland," said Freeholder Director Robert E. Andrews, who proposed to the freeholder board that the question be placed on the November ballot.
September 17, 1986 |
A farmland preservation program is one step closer to reality in Lumberton Township. The township's five-member committee unanimously voted Monday night to introduce a bond ordinance appropriating $750,000 to provide for the acquisition of developmental rights to farmland in the 8,500-acre, mostly rural community. A public hearing and final vote is scheduled for Oct. 6. Mayor Donald I. Bryan said the Burlington County Board of Freeholders had earmarked $750,000 for the program, and the township hopes to receive an additional $1.5 million in matching funds from the state to fully fund the $3 million project.
August 30, 1989 |
The Burlington County Board of Freeholders has applied for a $200,000 grant from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation to help set up a $25 million program to preserve farmland. The grant application was submitted in April, and the freeholders approved the application earlier this month. A response is expected early next year. Negotiations are under way between the county and Springfield, Mansfield and Chesterfield Townships to protect 30,000 acres of farmland in the municipalities.
October 14, 1990 |
Fred Seipt's dream of building a recreational center on his farm in Towamencin took a giant step forward last week as the township's Planning Commission recommended his proposal to the Board of Supervisors. Seipt owns Freddy Hill Farms on Sumneytown Pike. He proposes to build two miniature golf courses, a batting cage and a driving range on his 135-acre farm. The Planning Commission voted, 4-3, Wednesday to recommend preliminary plan approval of his land development application to the Board of Supervisors.
July 22, 1990 |
William and Dorothy McDaniel's sprawling farm is nestled off Juliustown Road in pristine Springfield Township. And the McDaniels have made sure that a large chunk of that farm will always remain that way - open and green. As a participant in the New Jersey Farm Preservation Program, the McDaniels, now in their mid-60s, sold the development rights this year for 234 acres of their 300-acre property to the state. The couple get to keep the land, but with the stipulation that it forever remain an open space to be used for farming or light recreation, such as hiking and biking.
December 9, 1990 |
The Valley Forge Sewer Authority has received eight proposals to locate, test and obtain state permits for farmers willing to use sludge from the sewage treatment facility as fertilizer. Nearly 1,200 acres of farmland will be needed to dispose of about 12,000 tons of sludge generated annually by the facility, said Joseph Bateman 3d, general manager of the sewage treatment facility in Schuylkill Township. Most of the clay-like substance is now hauled away by AD+SOIL Inc. of Kennett Square, which contracts with the authority to plow the sludge into some of the 2,500 acres of Chester County farmland for which the company holds state sludge disposal permits.
October 29, 1989 |
If you want to see what's happening to farmland in Camden County, drive down Sicklerville Road in Winslow Township, Freeholder Director Robert E. Andrews says. Sicklerville Road runs east from the Black Horse Pike to near State Route 73, a stretch spanning more than 10 miles of what was once exclusively an agricultural area. Substantial development has taken place along that route, mostly within the last five years. "Some of that development is good, but we don't want to see that road turn into another Route 70," Andrews said.
April 18, 2003 |
On former farmland, the four-year-old, 47-acre Chestnut Pointe rental complex overlooks the original farmhouse, woods, and open fields, a pastoral setting appreciated by some of its residents. "We chose this community because it's actually country living, but close to the stores and everything we need," Susan Tyson said. She and her husband, Fred, both retired and in their mid-60s, moved to Chestnut Pointe about three years ago. "We like the setting, with the woods and farmland.