If you own farmland in Athens County, there is a law, Senate Bill 78, The Farmland Preservation Act, that removes outside pressures that can cause farmland to be converted to other uses.
This law can help landowners deal with water and sewer assessments, nuisance lawsuits and the powers of eminent domain. It permits an owner of farmland to create an Agricultural District, provided certain requirements are met.
Owners of land in an Agricultural District receive:
- Any owner of land used in agricultural production, who meets the necessary qualifications, can place land in an agricultural district by filing an application with the Athens County Auditor’s office.
- If the land is located within the boundaries of a municipal corporation, an additional application must be made to the city or village.
- There is no cost or fee for filing the application. If approved, the Agricultural District will be in effect for five (5) years from the date of application.
Agricultural District Application