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Land Use and Zoning Reform
The Trustees are participating actively in a task force, convened by Greg Bialecki, Undersecretary of Business Development in the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, to propose revisions to existing statutes governing zoning and land use regulation. These statutes have been fundamentally unchanged for more than 40 years, and the goal of proposed changes is to facilitate smart growth and wise land use while protecting valuable natural resources and working landscapes.
Public Lands Protection Act
Formerly known as the “No Net Loss” bill, this act would require that any proposal to convert publicly owned conservation land to a non-conservation use be accompanied by an alternatives analysis and that the converted land be replaced by conservation land of equal size and value.
Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Use
The Trustees participated in the Off-Highway Vehicle Enforcement Working Group, convened by the Department of Conservation and Recreation in 2007 to consider the problem of unregulated OHV use on public and private conservation land. The Working Group recommended statutory language which, while not perfect from the perspective of conservation landowners, is a great improvement over existing law.
Extension of 2007 Federal Income Tax Benefit for Conservation Restriction Gifts
A significant federal tax benefit for landowners who donate Conservation Restrictions expired on December 31, 2007, and was extended by Congress to December 31, 2009. Conservation advocates are now focused on urging the new Congress to make this incentive permanent. The Land Trust Alliance, representing land conservation organizations across the country, is leading this effort and needs your support in encouraging your Congressional representative to sign on as a co-sponsor of this legislation. Click here for details.