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Senate Bill No. 806

Public Act No. 13-59

AN ACT CONCERNING THE MUNICIPAL PURCHASE OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS FOR AGRICULTURAL LAND PRESERVATION.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (e) of section 7-131q of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(e) (1) Upon authorization of the body in such municipality having the power of appropriation, the moneys in said fund may be used by the municipality for the acquisition in its name of the development rights of agricultural land and for any expenditure incurred for the preservation of agricultural land, provided [(1)] (A) the development rights have been voluntarily offered for sale to the municipality by the owner, and [(2)] (B) the land has been designated for preservation purposes by the municipality in an open space plan, municipal plan of conservation and development or farmland preservation plan.

(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, the municipality may use the moneys in said fund for the acquisition in its name of the rights of the fee owner of agricultural land to construct any residence or any farm structure on agricultural land.

(3) The municipality may accept as a gift in its name the rights of the fee owner of agricultural land to construct any residence or any farm structure on agricultural land.

Approved June 3, 2013