Preserving Local Character and Landscapes: A Local Government Guide to the Chesapeake Bay
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You make decisions about land use that impact the character of your community, quality of life, and the future of your home.
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Conserving farmland is an important local, state, and federal priority.
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Farmlands provide economic and cultural value.
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Trees and forests also have broad benefits for the region.
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Forests improve community health, decrease the risk of damaging floods, can increase home value, and have been linked to higher school performance and wellness in students.
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Public access to natural open space and waterways can also improve public health and quality of life.
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Wetlands, forests, and other natural landscapes provide cost-effective flood protection for your community.
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Local governments have access to planning tools to preserve your community’s character and natural landscapes including:
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impact fees and taxes
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urban service boundaries
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transfer of development rights
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Preserving the landscape helps the environment and improves quality of life for your community.
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As a local leader, you can make decisions that preserve the local character and landscape of your community. Visit ProtectLocalWaterways.org to learn more.