Salisbury City Council to receive presentation on initiative to preserve farmland and farms – Salisbury Post

By Natalie Anderson
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SALISBURY – Members of City Council will hear a presentation today on the Rowan County Cooperative Extension’s initiative to preserve farmland and working farms.

The meeting will be held virtually and can be streamed live at salisburync.gov/webcast and via the city’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. Anyone wishing to speak during the public comment period must register by 5 p.m. today by contacting City Clerk Kelly Baker at [email protected] or 704-638-5233.

The Rowan County Agricultural Advisory Board and Cooperative Extension are working to develop a working farmland plan to show the current state of agriculture and forestry, outline challenges and opportunities, and make recommendations to help support family farms and local forests. The plan also aims to provide a comprehensive strategy to assist county agricultural and land use policies and programs while strengthening and developing compatible use partners. These partners include various industries, military installations and communities near farms and forestry.

The initiative is funded by the state Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund, with Mount Olive University’s Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center directing the project.

The farm council applied for a grant to help write the plan in 2019 and won funding in 2020. Now the council is working to solicit public input. The current working farmland plan survey can be completed online at go.ncsu.edu/rowanworkingaglands, by mail, or in person by visiting the Cooperative Extension office at 2727 Old Concord Road.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the board will meet in camera to discuss a matter covered by solicitor-client privilege as well as an economic development matter.

Also on the program:

• Council members will receive a presentation and hold a public hearing to amend the City’s Land Use Planning Ordinance. The amendments would apply to sections relating to subdivisions and infrastructure; lots, filling, additions and ancillary provisions; environmental safeguards; development plan requirements; and definitions.

• Council Member David Post will provide an update on the KIVA platform in Salisbury. KIVA is a national lending program that provides zero-interest, no-cost micro-loans to women and minorities to help them kick-start their entrepreneurial endeavors.

• The board will consider a 2021-22 budget amendment in the amount of $5,000 to appropriate US Secret Service Joint Operations funds for the purchase of equipment used in criminal investigations. Salisbury Police Chief Jerry Stokes told the Post the grant will be used to purchase forensic computing equipment to retrieve information from electronic devices or media. The SPD is receiving the funding as a member of an Internet crimes against children task force, he added.

• Council will receive a certificate of sufficiency for the voluntary annexation of Cloninger Ford Investments located at 645 Julian Road and will pass a resolution to hold a public hearing at the March 1 meeting.

• Mayor Karen Alexander will declare February African American History Month.

Contact reporter Natalie Anderson at 704-797-4246.

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