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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Potter County Paying $140,000. To Keep Hebron Township Farm From Being Developed

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Peet Farm In Hebron Township

Will Remain Agricultural Only

A ceremony on Wednesday marked the addition of almost 200 acres of prime agricultural property in Hebron Township to the Potter County Farmland Preservation Program. As part of a state/county partnership to protect farms from development, the county’s Farmland Preservation Board purchased development rights on the John and Karlene Peet property, consisting of 199.71 acres, for a purchase price of $710 per acre. Payments will be made to the Peet’s incrementally.

During a ceremony in the office of attorney Alan Acker, Mr. Peet spoke of his close connection with the property, dating back more than 70 years, and his concern about the lack of conservation practices demonstrated elsewhere in the county.

He added that he was pleased to see that — after years of environmental stewardship — the property would remain in use for agricultural purposes, even as pressure could mount to convert it to residential development or other uses.

The Peets are one of Potter County’s pioneer families. Mr. and Mrs. Peet (shown) had signed up for the conservation easement through the Farmland Preservation Program more than five years ago. State funds for the program have been drastically reduced, with the vast majority being committed to counties in the southeastern part of Pennsylvania where development pressures are strongest.

Potter County’s allotment from the state for 2009 was $25,412 and county contributed $10,000 to the fund. Another $60,000 was provided through the County Environmental Initiative Grant Program (“Growing Greener”).

The Potter County Farmland Preservation program has been in existence for 10 years and this is the sixth purchase. Development rights on 985 acres have been acquired. Potter County Conservation District administers the program. For more information, contact Colleen Frank at 814-274-8411, ext 114, or c.frank@pottercd.com.

Potter County Today

27 comments :

Anonymous said...

Excellent. The Peet family is part of Potter County's heritage. This is wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Oh wonderful. Potter County will remain a podunk, poor rural community forever. I feel for those of you that live there and cannot find good jobs, etc.

Anonymous said...

Yes I agree, its just lovely..... We should do whatever we can to continue to keep any realm of progress from entering this county. It's been this way forever why should it change any now? After all, it is almost 2010......

D said...

I agree, this is a great way to preserve our heritage.

Too bad our country didn't start this before China started buying up the US of A.

Anonymous said...

great. the county spending tax dollars to buy up farm land that would just be passed down to relatives. at least they didnt waste these dollars on things like giving it back to the tax payers who are being crushed by taxes.

Solomon's words for the wise said...

Thanks to Peets for the commitment to resist the offers to get rich by selling out to much more lucrative offers of gas drillers and wind farm builders, and those who would build housing developments in this pristine rural agricultural area. They should be commended by all for their sacrifice to preserve our rural agricultural heritage.

Anonymous said...

Pristine rural agricultural area? Wow, now that is a stretch. Power line go though the property, a state rd divides the property and it is adjoned by a huge tri-county electric substation. Getting paid 140K to do nothing with the land is a sacrifice. What a waste of tax dollars. Seriously people come on.

Anonymous said...

I have a 300 acre farm, I promise not to do anything with it if you give me 140K dollars.....

Anonymous said...

Thanks John for all you have done for our beautiful area over the years. Please forgive these two Blog -a -lots that post their negative views on any article that promotes saving our heritage. They are a tiny, but loud minority!
God bless you both and Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

I applaud their intent but...

They could have put a conservation/no development easement on it for a few hundred dollars of deed preperation work and achieved the same result.

pity

Anonymous said...

To the person with the 300 acres it says here all you need to do is contact Colleen Frank to apply for the program I would assume. I applaud this program but find it unfortunate that Lancaster County gets most of the funds. At least somebody in Potter County 10 years ago had the foresight to become involved and because of whoever that was in the late 1990s we do not miss out on this chance to preserve something precious, our heritage.

Anonymous said...

No matter what it is drilling for gas putting up wind mills or preserving or heritage its all about the money ! This case being taxpayer money !

Anonymous said...

The Peets would still be able to put Wind Turbines and Gas wells on the property....it just can't be developed in terms of houses or other structures that aren't related to farming...

Congrats to the Peets for getting $140000 for doing something they were already doing!!

John can buy a lot of antiques with that money

Anonymous said...

My favorite Peet is Mark!

Anonymous said...

Ouch....Where is Wal-Mart going to go?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Mark is a real winner!

Anonymous said...

Toll Brothers will be very disappointed.

Anonymous said...

LOL, Marc Peet!

Is he really John Peets brother?

Anonymous said...

Impressive waste of tax money. That 140K could have put 3-4 potter cty human services employees back to work for a couple years. Why do we have programs like this anyway. Don't we have State Game Lands, National Forests and Wildlife Preserves in place already? Wrong time for our elected officials to be spending like this.

D said...

Don't we have State Game Lands, National Forests and Wildlife Preserves in place already?

Yes we do, for now ... We also have Obama "change" for President.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how much "farming" Mr. Peet does. Last I knew he didn't do any.

Anonymous said...

He grows money !

Anonymous said...

& rents his hay acreage too!

Anonymous said...

And he paid HIS property taxes for years, get off it will ya?!

He has every right to do this with his farm just as anyone else does to put up gas wells and or wind turbines, to each his own. I am all for the land owner that wants to do with their land as they see fit.

Anonymous said...

Pioneer Family or Flatlander Family it does not matter.

The goal of preserving farmland could have been achieved for $500.00 in deed work.

The rub, as they say is the use of public money.

Understand that government must take from one person first before they can give to another person.

I'm sure they are nice people.

Whichever side you come down on, just honestly admit that

1)the goal could have been achieved for a lot less money.

2)and that the money given to them was taken from other taxpayers.

Whether they "deserve" it because they have managed to hang in there for 70 years, is another question all together.

just my 2c

Anonymous said...

Jim, in the same sense, Peet did sell out. He's against a private owner from using their land for profit, but it's ok for him to do it. I guess I don't understand this Greed thing

Anonymous said...

Kudos for him for taking advantage of the system.

Shame on us for putting the system in place (no one is beating down anybody's door in Potter County to put up 100 condos and a shopping mall)

Just don't cloak it as some altruistic milestone horse hockey.