Land Preservation Committee


Northfield Township Land Preservation Committee

Northfield Township is a beautiful place to live, work, and play, so it is no surprise residents are proud of our lakes, forests, wetlands, and fertile agricultural grounds.  We enjoy the rural character, scenic value, and the critical food security provided by our small family farms. Green spaces provide not only scenic views, locally grown produce, and field crops, but also the important ecological infrastructures that protect water, soil, and wildlife habitats. Over the years, resident surveys consistently show protecting lands and farms is a top priority.

In 2017, the Northfield Township Board of Trustees created the Land Preservation Committee (LPC) to explore ways to protect rural lands. The LPC consists of seven board appointed volunteers with varying experiences and backgrounds who share a love of natural beauty. The LPC hosts monthly meetings, which are open to the public. (Refer to the Land Preservation Meeting Schedule link on the left for more information.)

 Our mission is to protect and sustain Northfield Township’s unique beauty and rural character for current residents and future generations through the preservation of farmlands, wetlands, and key natural areas, the continued support to our local farmers, and educational outreach for the entire township.

We recognize the value of family farms and open spaces, and we are committed to preserving a green future of our community.

November Ballot Proposal to Preserve Farmland
On November 8, 2022, Northfield Township residents will vote on a millage to preserve farmland at a cost of about $0.18/day based on a median-priced home valued at $218,700 (per U.S. Census data).

The Board of Trustees approved placing a Farmland Preservation Millage on the ballot, allowing residents to decide whether to raise funds to protect the rural and scenic character of the Township.

If approved, the 0.6 millage would generate about $200,000 per year for five years. The Township anticipates that the millage, with matching county, state, federal, and private funds, could preserve one or two farms (50-100 acres) every year.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Northfield Township Land Preservation Committee?

Why protect land?

Are there other communities in our vicinity that are involved in land preservation?

What makes land desirable for preservation?

Is the size and location of the land a factor?

How does land get preserved? Does the township have to buy it?

If there are already land preservation programs that cover parts of Northfield Township, why does the township need to have its own land preservation program?

How are land preservation programs funded?

What if I don't want my land to be preserved?

What would happen if there were no land preservation programs?