Agricultural Advisory Committee
The Municipal Agriculture Advisory Committee was established in 2002 with the purpose of fostering the viability of agriculture and the preservation of agricutural land in Holland Township. The Committee's chief responsibilities are:
* To promote community awareness of the significance of farming in Holland Township.
* To disseminate information about farmland and open space preservation and assist landowners with application process, advising them on preservation options and directing them to the proper state and county agencies.
* To prepare and maintain the Farmland Preservation Plan Element of the Master Plan and the Comprehensive Farmland Preservation Plan.
* To serve as liaisons from Holland Township to the Hunterdon County Agriculture Development Board (CADB).
* To gather data concerning farm ownership and farming activity in Holland Township.
* To make recommendations to the Planning Board concerning the need to prepare or amend the Farmland Preservation Plan Element of the Master Plan.
AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Alternates: Alt #1 Ron Lozowski
Alt #2 Alex Hammerstone
Chairperson: Larry LaFevre
Secretary: Beverly Kirby- McDonough
Township Committee Liaison: Dan Bush
Consultant: Christine Frenchu, Consultant
715 Sergeantsville Rd.
Stockton, NJ 08559
Bill Millette, (Open Space Coordinator)
Hunterdon County Planning Department
Regional Program Coordinator
State Agricultural Development Committee (SADC)
21-1. Establishment; membership; meetings.
A. The Advisory Committee shall consist of at least three but not more than five persons appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the Township Committee to serve one year terms commencing on January 1 of the year of their appointment.
B. A majority of the members of the Advisory Committee shall be actively engaged in farming in Holland Township and shall own a portion of the land they farm. Should a vacancy occur before the end of a term, a new member shall be appointed in the same manner as set forth herein to fill the balance of the unexpired term. The required composition of the Advisory Committee shall be maintained through such appointment.
C. At the time of their appointment, one of the members shall be designated by the Mayor to serve as Chairman.
D. The Mayor shall also appoint a member of the Planning Board to act as liaison to the Advisory Committee. The liaison shall be permitted to participate in all discussions of the Advisory Committee and shall keep the Planning Board and Township Committee advised of the recommendations of the Advisory Committee but shall not be a voting member of the Advisory Committee.
§ 21-2. Responsibilities and duties.
A. The Advisory Committee shall report to the Planning Board, and its budgetary requirements for consultants, supplies and services shall be met from the Planning Board's budget.
B. The Advisory Committee shall make recommendations to the Planning Board concerning the need to prepare or amend the Farmland Preservation Plan Element of the Master Plan; shall gather data concerning farm ownership, farming activity and farming characteristics within Holland Township; shall promote community awareness of the significance of farming in Holland Township; shall communicate with Holland Township's farmers concerning available resources and opportunities for participation in the state's and County's development easement purchase programs; shall serve as alternate liaisons from Holland Township to the Hunterdon County Agriculture Development Board; shall share primary responsibility for the preparation of the Planning Incentive Grant application to be submitted by Holland Township to the State Agriculture Development Committee or to the Hunterdon County Agriculture Development Board; and shall engage in such other activities as may be needed to foster the development of farming and promote the preservation of agricultural land in Holland Township or as may be requested of it by the Planning Board.