Easement Selection Guidelines

CVFT uses the following guidelines when evaluating potential ACE projects:

  1. The farmland should be designated as “Prime Farmland” or “Farmland of Statewide Significance” under the California Department of Conservation’s Farmland Mapping and Monitoring program. Occasionally farmland designated as property that has significant value to the regional agricultural industry regardless of soil characteristics may also be considered.
  2. The property must have a dependable and sustainable supply of high quality water for irrigation.
  3. The farmland must be agriculturally viable. This means:
    a. It must be large enough to sustain commercial agricultural production on an ongoing economic basis.
    b. It should not be substantially surrounded or the eminent potential to be surrounded by urban development such that its continued agricultural viability is threatened.
  4. The farmland must be subject to a potential long term threat to its agricultural productivity by urbanization including, but not limited to, pressure from “ranchette” development within the foreseeable future.
  5. Existing community goals, plans and political boundaries are compatible with permanent agricultural use of the property. This means:
    a. The property must be currently zoned for agriculture.
    b. The property is outside the primary sphere of influence of a city or a community service district unless other mitigating conditions/circumstances exist.
    c. An ACE on the property should impact long term urban growth by encouraging growth on less productive farmland.