Full Policy Name:
Topics: Agriculture, Farmland Preservation
Policy type: Act
Year: 1994

Part 361 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (Act 451 of 1994) allows a landowner to voluntarily enter a legal agreement with the state or local government to permanently preserve their land for agricultural use in exchange for a cash payment for the development rights. While there is currently no state funding for purchase of development (PDR) programs, some local and county governments are able to fund their own programs.

Relationship to food access, food insecurity, or local food economies:

Preserving farmland is essential to maintaining connections between producers and consumers and ensuring that communities can get access to healthy local foods (Paül & McKenzie 2013). The Greenbelt program in Ann Arbor utilized $19 million from grants, landowner donations, and other sources to preserve agricultural lands from future development (City of Ann Arbor).

Scale of Governance: State
Summary Link: URL
Policy Text Link: URL
Michigan Good Food Charter Priority: Priority 7 - Farmland preservation & viability

City of Ann Arbor (n.d.). Greenbelt. Retrieved on November 7, 2014 from LINK.

Paül, V. & McKenzie, F.H. (2013). Peri-urban farmland conservation and development of alternative food networks: Insights from a case-study area in metropolitan Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain). Land Use Policy, 30(1), 94-105.