Meadowland Overlay District

Description: By the early 1980s, it became clear that the conventional zoning adopted by the Town of Warren, Vermont several years earlier was not adequate to address the goal of protecting farmland. Using recent ortho-photo maps, the Planning Commission inventoried land then in agricultural production, including pastureland, and drew a boundary around it. Encompassing approximately 1,800 acres (approximately 7% of the town), the Meadowland Overlay District was designed to prevent development on farmland. While one of the goals of the Meadowland District is to maintain the Town’s rural landscape, most local officials involved in creating the regulation cite the importance of protecting viable farmland for future generations. Today, nearly all of the farmland included in the original Meadowland District remains undeveloped and in some form of agricultural use.

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