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Farmland preservation using agricultural systems planning: Lessons from Oregon for the Greater Golden Horseshoe of Ontario

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Title: Farmland preservation using agricultural systems planning: Lessons from Oregon for the Greater Golden Horseshoe of Ontario
Author: Schreiner, Laura
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Rural Planning and Development
Advisor: Devlin, John
Abstract: This paper explores Oregon's land use planning policies and their outcomes for farmland and agriculture in the Willamette Valley. An agricultural systems planning framework is used to guide the investigation, which uses a combination of literature review and key informant interviews to extract lessons which may be relevant in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region of Ontario. It is concluded that Oregonian policy has been relatively successful in preserving farmland and supporting the agricultural system in the Willamette Valley. Despite certain differences in culture, industry profile, demographics, and political systems, Oregon's experience holds many lessons for Ontario, including the benefit of a watchdog organization, the importance of complementary strong urban land use planning, and the possibilities and potential pitfalls of taking a systems-based approach to agricultural land use planning.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/15971
Date: 2017


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