We recognize that land use decisions have an impact on many areas, notably on the quality of life and on the economy; and we recognize that land itself is an irreplaceable resource that needs to be preserved and protected. We support land use planning that:
A. Protects farmland outside clearly defined urban boundaries to avoid unnecessary conversion of farmlands.
B. Protects the overall quality of environment (soil, air, and water).
C. Provides urban development contiguous with existing development where urban services can be provided.
D. Provides adequate funding for infrastructure needs (transportation, schools, parks, government services and public utilities.)
Land use planning should involve cooperation between and among the various local regional government bodies.
Adopted 1976, updated 1988 and 2003