Listening Sessions 2018
As the Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program celebrates its 40th year, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources is hosting a series of four (4) listening sessions to hear from the public about their ideas for protecting farmland for the future in Massachusetts. Titled “The APR Program- Looking Forward”, these sessions are intended to be opportunities for you to recommend ideas and policy considerations for the APR program to meet the evolving needs of farming in Massachusetts and to address the challenges that can result from placing agricultural land under a restriction for posterity. The dates and times are:
Tuesday, Feb.13, 5:30 to 7 pm: The Red Barn at Hampshire College, 893 West St., Amherst (snow date, 3/6)
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 5:30 to 7 pm: Middleborough Public Library, 102 North Main St., Middleborough
Canceled - Wednesday, March 7, ***Postponed due to weather*** Will be rescheduled soon: MassDEP Office, 8 New Bond St, Worcester between Reed Machinery and Abby Kelly High School (FACILITATED SESSION)
Thursday, March 15 - 5:30 to 7 pm: Essex Technical High School, Smith Hall Auditorium, 562 Maple Street, Danvers (Hathorne). The location of the meeting is at Smith Hall Auditorium (in the old Essex Agricultural High School - Center Building) located across the street from Essex Technical High School.
Wednesday, April 4 : 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM MassDEP Office, 8 New Bond St, Worcester between Reed Machinery and Abby Kelly High School (FACILITATED SESSION) (Rescheduled from March)
The Amherst and Middleborough sessions will have a presentation followed by a comment period. The Worcester session will have a presentation with small facilitated discussion groups afterwards. Pre-registration is not required for any session but is recommended for the Worcester meeting by emailing Dorothy.Du@state.ma.us.
We are open to suggestions on all aspects of the program but are particularly interested in the following topics:
- Transfers of APRs: ROFRs and OPAVs;
- Approvals: e.g. Renewable Energy, Composting, Dwellings, Labor Housing;
- Non-Agricultural Uses: e.g. Weddings, Events, Races;
- Acquisitions: e.g. process.