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7 Pa. Code § 138e.70. Summary report.

§ 138e.70. Summary report.

 (a)  General. A recommendation by the county board for the purchase of an easement shall be accompanied by a summary report consisting of a narrative report and appendix as described in subsections (b) and (c).

 (b)  Narrative report. The narrative report shall consist of the following:

   (1)  A description of the farm, including the name of all landowners, location in relation to the nearest town, number of acres proposed for purchase and type of agricultural production on the farm.

   (2)  A description of the quality of the farmland tract, including the soil capability classes of the soils available for agricultural production.

   (3)  The farmland ranking score, including a statement of the relative ranking of the farmland tract among other tracts considered by the county in the same round of applications.

   (4)  A description of the likelihood of conversion to other uses if the easement is not purchased.

   (5)  A description of the nature and scope of developmental pressure in the municipality or area.

   (6)  A description of the nature and scope of conservation practices and best land management practices, including soil erosion and sedimentation control and nutrient management.

   (7)  A discussion of the purchase price summarizing the appraisals, including the agricultural and nonagricultural value, negotiations for purchase and the percentage of the appraised easement value accepted by the landowner.

   (8)  A statement of costs as described in §  138e.69 (relating to statement of costs).

   (9)  A certification by the county board that the information presented to the State Board is true and correct.

 (c)  Appendix. The appendix of the summary report shall, at a minimum, consist of the following:

   (1)  The application form.

   (2)  Locational maps, including tax, topographic and soils maps.

   (3)  A soils report.

   (4)  Any crop report required by the county program.

   (5)  Any livestock report required by the county program.

   (6)  An evaluation of the farmland ranking score, showing how the farm scored in comparison to other farms.

   (7)  A quitclaim deed, or a subordination, release or letter approving the purchase from a mortgagee, lienholder or owner of rights in surface mineable coal.


   The provisions of this §  138e.70 adopted December 26, 1997, effective December 27, 1997, 27 Pa.B. 6782.

Cross References

   This section cited in 7 Pa. Code §  138e.91 (relating to recommendation for purchase).

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