Farmland Development Rights Agreements are temporary restrictions on the land between the State and a landowner, voluntarily entered into by a landowner, preserving their land for agriculture in exchange for certain tax benefits and exemptions for various special assessments (commonly known as PA 116).
Steps to enrolling
1. Fill out an application
2. File your application with the local governing body ( i.e., city or village, the township if the township has adopted its own zoning ordinance, or the county for those townships which have not adopted a zoning ordinance)
3. The local governing body has 45 days within which to approve or reject the application. Within this 45 days, the governing body must seek the comments of:
- the county or regional planning commission
- the soil conservation district
- a city if the land is within 3 miles of the city
- a village if the land is within one mile of the village.
These agencies are allowed 30 days from the day of notification to forward their comments to the clerk of the local governing body.
4. If approved, the application is forwarded to the Michigan Department of Agriculture, Farmland and Open Space Preservation Office. If the application is rejected, or if no action is taken by the local governing body, the applicant may appeal directly to the Michigan Department of Agriculture.