Friday, July 20, 2007


About half of the state will be densely populated by 2030, according to a new report from the Conservation Trust for North Carolina. The report analyzed housing density statistics as far back as 1940 and says farms, forests, and other open spaces have become "islands in a sea of suburban development." CTNC and others have been pushing for a $1 billion bond referendum for conservation, at least $6 million for farmland preservation, and expanded tax incentives for land preservation. Land conservation is a priority of mine and I have sponsored most of those measures: House Bill 990, Land and Water Conservation Bond of 2007, House Bill 1889, Present-Use Value System Modifications, House Bill 332, Funds for Farmland Preservation Trust Fund, and House Bill 2002, Clarifying Property Tax for Conservation Land.

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