Annual subscriptions to "Land Patterns" are $10 ($9 for LSP members).For a
complimentary copy of "Land Patterns," contact: Lee Ronning, Land Stewardship
Project, 2200 4th St., White Bear Lake, MN 55110; tele. -- (612) 653-0618.
The winter issue of Land Patterns includes:
1) "'Open Space' Zoning: What it is and Why it Works" -- a detailed article by
rural planner Randall Arendt on zoning that utilizes land in an efficient way
while protecting farmland and natural areas.
2) "A Statewide Vision with Local Controls" -- a commentary by Lee Ronning
discussing the Twin Cities Metropolitan Council's inability to control growth in
the 13-county metro area.
3) "Purchase of Development Rights" -- an article describing how farmland (as
well as a landowner's ability to take advantage of rising land prices) can be
protected through programs that buy the owner's right to develop it in any way.
4) "Residential Taxes aren't Farmland's Most Valuable Harvest" -- This article
describes a study conducted by LSP and the American Farmland Trust that showed
residential developments can demand more in community services than they make
back in property taxes. Meanwhile, farmland has a net positive effect on a
community's tax bae.
5) "Elements to Successful Comprehensive Land-Use Planning" -- Describes how
crucial such elements as citizen involvement, gubernatorial leadership and
enforcement are to developing and implementing an effective comprehensive land