The Town of Warwick’s zoning ordinance includes an agricultural overlay district. The law includes criteria for qualifying for district benefits.
Residential development on land enrolled in the overlay district must be clustered to the greatest extent practical to avoid conversion of prime and statewide significant soils. Additional siting requirements steer new residential structures toward the least fertile soil and away from the boundaries of protected farms, create buffers between house lots and active farmland, and aim to achieve other agricultural and environmental objections.
Warwick’s agricultural overlay district is also closely tied to the town’s Transfer of Development Rights program.