Farmland Preservation

The purpose of the Voluntary Farmland District Program is to encourage the voluntary preservation and protection of farmland from non-farm development. This is in recognition of the importance of agriculture of the economic and social well being of the county.

The General Assembly of the State of North Carolina authorized counties to undertake a series of programs to encourage the preservation of farmland. This statutory authority is found in Chapter 106. Articles 61 of the North Carolina General Statutes. On March 11, 1996, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners adopted a Volunteer Farmland District Ordinance (Article VIII 16-201-16300).

The ordinance provides for the creation of an Agricultural Advisory Board to administer this program. The Board reviews and approves applications for qualifying farmland as well as establishing voluntary agricultural districts.


District Director
Jeff Parker

District Secretary/Education Coordinator
Jo Ann McCall

NRCS-District Conservationist
Emily Pohlman

Transylvania County Soil & Water Conservation District
106 East Morgan Street, Suite 138
Brevard, North Carolina 28712
Phone: (828) 884-3230
Fax: (828) 884-9323

Days / Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 4:30pm
Closed from 12:00 - 1:00 for Lunch

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