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Willow Pond Farm Preserved by Morris County for $1.3M

Drakestown Road farm spans 101 acres and grows grains and crops.

Another Washington Township farm has been preserved by the county, setting aside 101 acres of land that will forever be used only for agricultural purposes.

The Willow Pond Farm on Drakestown Road was officially permanently preserved according to a Dec. 26 announcement by the Morris County Agricultural Development Board.

Owned by Robert Smith since 1978, the total acquisition price came in at $1,347,465, funded by the Morris County Preservation Trust Fund.

Smith grows grain and field crops on the land, the announcement said.

Under the preservation designation, the landowner will retain ownership of and may even choose to sell the preserved land with a deed restriction that the land will not undergo non-farm development, the announcement said. 

Agricultural development of the farm is permitted and the type of farming activity can change in he future, the announcement said.

Willow Pond Farm is the 120th farm to be permanently preserved by Morris County, bringing the county’s total to 7,424 acres. 

LV since '86 December 29, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Why does our government continue to spend significant money to preserve farmland in this community when the Highlands Preservation Act has stopped all development? Am I mistaken, or is this a waste of taxpayer dollars?
Lugnuts December 30, 2013 at 07:28 AM
Don't worry....I'm sure one of our genius politicians will tell us it was not purchased with tax money....they used fees to pay for it. It's all good.
Bill Hanson December 31, 2013 at 07:14 AM
I agree waste of money. Need people to run against the environmental sensitive Republicans. Enough had been saved new laws prohibit more.
Dave December 31, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Farmland Preservation prevents the land from any use besides Farming. Highlands Act strictly regulates development with DEP involvement. So basically one prevents any development and the other makes it next to impossible to develop, but still possible.
Domino December 31, 2013 at 03:56 PM
@Bill Hansen (Jeff Koch) Would you please submit your post above to your 5th grade English teacher and ask her to correct it for you? Seriously...try reading it out loud to yourself and see if it makes grammatical sense when you read it. If it does, here's a tip for you - don't post anymore.
Domino December 31, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Here are a few new names you can post under, Jeff. How about "Tense Fowler" , or try "Nan Sequitur". They would certainly be more appropriate.
Bill Hanson December 31, 2013 at 05:20 PM
It is the highest complement to my thoughts and ideas when all people can do is criticized my English skills and call me a name. Have a happy and Healthy New Year!!
Domino December 31, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Criticize. Thank you, Tense.
Bill Hanson January 01, 2014 at 04:37 AM
Good story on open space. http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/breaking-news/index.ssf/2013/12/new_jersey_open_space_funding.html
Bill Hanson January 01, 2014 at 07:40 AM
This is State money. We also have local money. http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page/2013/12/new_jerseys_open_space_crisis.html
Bill Hanson January 01, 2014 at 07:43 AM
This is the "heart" of the highlands act Limits on development The rules adopted by the DEP set limits on development in the preservation area: No construction can occur within buffer zones around rivers and other waters, development cannot take place on steeply sloped land, only one home needing a septic system can be built for every 88 acres of forest land and only one is allowed for every 25 acres of farmland.
Bill Hanson January 01, 2014 at 08:23 AM
Fifth year in a row open space tax had been reduced, not perfect but better 2006 .045 per 100 now .0125 per 100 on its way hopefully gone soon! http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/02/for_fifth_year_open_space_tax.html
Bill Hanson January 01, 2014 at 10:07 AM
Just sharing information. Have a great New Year. Hopefully tax gone soon from Republican's or vote them out! Per 100,000 of value home in Long Valley $12.50 hopefully ZERO soon (WTR)
Bill Hanson January 01, 2014 at 04:04 PM
Many other communities have also cut back on open space funding. It had its time in my opinion. Onward and upward in 2014!!
Bill Hanson January 01, 2014 at 04:06 PM
By the way WTR (watch this reaction) we called it!!
Bill Hanson January 01, 2014 at 04:17 PM
Great link on how the program works! http://www.nj.gov/agriculture/sadc/farmpreserve/

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