Voluntary Agriculture District Application


Application for Participation
The Rockingham County
Voluntary Agricultural District



The application on Page 2 is to be completed and mailed to:  Rockingham Soil & Water Conservation District, 525 NC 65, Suite 100, Reidsville, NC 27320-8861.  For questions, call 336-342-8230.


After your application is approved by the Voluntary Agricultural Advisory Board and the County Commissioners, you will be notified when you need to sign the Conservation Agreement and the Notice of Participation.  Samples of these two documents are included with this application on Page 1.


After the documents are signed by the landowner(s), the new Agricultural District farm will be identified on a county map and the Notice of Participation will be posted with the Rockingham County Register of Deeds.


      Application for Participation In
The Rockingham County
Voluntary Agricultural District 


(Chapter 7 of the Rockingham County Unified

Development Ordinance and N.C.G.S. 106-735-743)




Name (s):                  _______________________________________________________________


Full Address:           _______________________________________________________________




Phone:                     (day)    ______________________ (evening)___________________________





Owner (s):      ________________________________________________________________________


Horticulture: _____Acres     Agriculture: ______ Acres               Forestry: ______Acres



STREET ADDRESS                TAX MAP / PARCEL #    ACRES          USDA FARM # / TRACT #

(Ex: 7000-7500 Main St.)        (Ex: 01-2345-6 / 001)           (Ex: 100)               (Ex: 1234 / T-1234)

______________________    ____________________        _______          _______________________

______________________    ____________________        _______          _______________________

______________________    ____________________        _______          _______________________

______________________    ____________________        _______          _______________________

______________________    ____________________        _______          _______________________

______________________    ____________________        _______          _______________________




Signature of Owners/Applicants:    _________________________________      Date: _____________


    _________________________________      Date: _____________




Mail to:     Rockingham Soil & Water Conservation District
Attention: Voluntary Agricultural Districts
  525 NC 65, Suite 100
  Reidsville, NC 27320-8861




  1. Application completed and sent to Rockingham Soil and Water               Conservation District (SWCD)
  2. Checklist attached and SWCD/NRCS reviews
  3. SWCD District sends Application to Voluntary Agricultural Advisory Board (VAAB) that meets quarterly (or more if needed).
  4. VAAB approves and SWCD forwards to the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners for approval at next monthly meeting.
  5. Board of Commissioners approves Voluntary Agricultural District applications. (VAD)
  6. The Chairman of the Board of Commissioners signs the Notice of Participation form listing landowners approved at that meeting
  7. The legal department records list at Register of Deeds then returns list to SWCD.
  8. The VAAB/SWCD sends a letter to each applicant/landowner approved.
  9. VAAB applicant comes to the SWCD Office; signs the Conservation Agreement and the Notice of Participation and purchases either a roadside sign or mailbox sign.
  10. The SWCD sends the Notice of Participation and location to the County Planning Department and GIS Department.
  11. The Planning Department/GIS updates large VAAB maps quarterly and distribute to Agriculture Center, Register of Deeds, and Planning Department for display.
  12. The SWCD maintains all original documents for the VAAB Board


VAAB-Voluntary Agricultural Advisory Board

VAD-Agricultural District

SWCD-Soil & Water Conservation District

NRCS-Natural Resources Conservation Service

GIS-Geographic Information System





Having been certified by the Agricultural Advisory Board and approved by the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners, I/we agree to sustain, promote and encourage agriculture in this voluntary agricultural district, support protection against nuisance suits, undesired non-farm development and other negative impacts on participating farms.


I/we agree to voluntarily preserve and protect the conservation values of my/our property more completely described on the attachments hereto by prohibiting non-farm use of the property for a period of 10 years from the date of signing of this Agreement, except for the creation of not more than three (3) lots that meet applicable zoning and or subdivision regulations.


This Agreement may be revoked by written notice to the Agricultural Advisory Board, or the Board of Commissioners may revoke the Agreement based on non-compliance by the Landowner.


This  ________ day of ______________, 20__.




                                                                                 _______________________________________________                                                                                                                                               (Landowners)




NORTH CAROLINA                                                            NOTICE OF PARTICIPATION IN

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY                                              VOLUNTARY AGRICULTURAL DISTRICT


WHEREAS, following proper application by the undersigned Owners, the property described on Attachment A (Application) and Attachment B (Conservation Agreement) owner by the undersigned has been approved as part of a Voluntary Agricultural District by the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners by action duly taken in public meeting on the ____day of __________,  20       , provided in N.C. Gen. Stat. 106-735-743 and Chapter 7 of the Rockingham County Unified Development Ordinance.  The Conservation Agreement is subject to revocation as set out in these applicable laws.

This the ______ day of ____________, 20____.









Rockingham County


I, __________________________, a Notary Public of said County and State, do hereby certify that ________________________________________________________________ personally appeared before me this day and acknowledged the execution of the foregoing instrument.


Witness my hand and official seal, this the ______________ day of _________________, 20    .



Notary Public             

My Commission Expires:  ______________









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