Farmland mitigation policies attempt to compensate for the conversion of agricultural land to another use by requiring permanent protection of “comparable” agricultural land. In 2004, Connecticut lawmakers adopted Public Act No. 04-222, which requires municipalities, towns, cities, boroughs and districts to mitigate the loss of active agricultural land taken by eminent domain. Local governments may either purchase an agricultural conservation easement on comparable land within its jurisdiction OR pay a mitigation fee to the state’s farmland protection program to protect similar land elsewhere in the state subject to the approval of the state’s farmland preservation program and the Commissioner of Agriculture.
Connecticut Eminent Domain Mitigation for Ag. Lands Statute
Statutes and Ordinances
Level of Government
Eminent Domain, Farmland Loss Mitigation
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 7-131o (2005).