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Conservationists Fear ‘Right To Farm’ Changes Would Hamstring County Zoners

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Posted: January 9, 2013

Beef cattle graze in a field seen from North Valley Pike in Rockingham County Tuesday. Conservationists say Lingamfelter’s bill could open up such agricultural areas to development by hindering zoning officials. (Photos by Nikki Fox / DN-R)
Rolling farmland dominates the landscape in Rockingham County, seen from Wengers Mill Road on Tuesday. If new “right to farm” changes are passed, conservationists fear such land could be open to “event center” type development.

HARRISONBURG — Valley conservationists are rankled over proposed legislation that they say would strip local governments of zoning control of agricultural land.

Del. Scott Lingamfelter,...



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