Article VI - Public Hearings
§ 45-15. Purpose.
Pursuant to N.C.G.S. 106-740, which provides that no state or local public agency or governmental unit may
formally initiate any action to condemn any interest in qualifying farmland within a voluntary agricultural district
until such agency or unit has requested the local Agricultural Advisory Board to hold a public hearing on the
proposed condemnation, this article provides for such hearings. This Chapter shall not be interpreted or construed to
limit the County's authority to acquire land within or outside a voluntary agricultural district for a public purpose,
whether by purchase or condemnation.
§ 45-16. Procedure.
Upon receiving a request for condemnation, the Agricultural Advisory Board shall,
within 2 days, publish a notice in a newspaper having general circulation in Henderson
County describing the proposed condemnation. The notice shall state the time, date and
location of the public hearing on the proposed condemnation. Such hearing shall be held
within 14 days of receipt of the request.
The Board will meet to review:
If the need for the condemnation has been satisfactorily established by the
agency or unit of government involved, including a review of any fiscal impact
analysis conducted by the agency involved; and
Alternatives to the proposed condemnation that are less disruptive and of less
impact to the agricultural activities and farm land base of the voluntary
agricultural district within which the condemnation action is to take place.
The Board will consult with the County Cooperative Extension Service, United States
Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, and may consult
with any other individuals, agencies or organizations, public or private, necessary to the
Board's review of the proposed condemnation.
Within 10 days after the public hearings, the Board will make a report containing its
findings and recommendations regarding the proposed condemnation. The report will be
made available to the public for comment prior to its being conveyed to the decision
making body of the agency proposing condemnation.
Pursuant to N.C.G.S. 106-740, the County will not, within its scope of authority, permit
any formal initiation of condemnation by local agencies while the proposed
condemnation is properly before the Advisory Board within these time limitations.