Farmers: Increased stream buffers will kill profits
The Daily Progress Tuesday, October 03, 2017 at 9 p.m.
Albemarle farmers on Tuesday told county staff that their livelihoods will be in jeopardy if the agricultural exemption to the county’s 100-foot rural area stream buffer is lifted.
About 20 residents said at a public meeting that they are concerned that Albemarle County’s review of its stream buffer requirements will mean a rule change that will burden their operations.
“I’m scared to death of what could happen to rural land,” county farmer Ron Kerber said.
The current Albemarle County water protection ordinance requires a 100-foot stream buffer on rivers, perennial streams and intermittent streams in the rural area. In the development area, the stream buffer is not required on intermittent streams.
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