This story originally appeared in the Hunterdon County Democrat.
Franklin Township's High Plains Farm to be preserved
FRANKLIN TWP. — High Plains Farm is in the farmland preservation process, says John DeMarrais, chairman of the township Open Space Committee.
The farmland consists of 36 acres on the Cherryville-Quakertown Road that belong to Linda Peterson and are adjacent to her family’s farmland, which is already preserved.
The development rights to High Plains Farm will cost $223,200, with the state paying 60% and the county and township each paying 20%.
With only a few administrative details pending, the closing will take place any month now, says DeMarrais.
The land has the desirable “Quakertown soil,” a sandy loam “that is some of the best in the state” for agriculture, says DeMarrais.
The township’s open-space tax garners about $270,000 a year, with much of it going to pay off previous purchases, he said.