§ 137b.13. Agricultural reserve.

 Land that is in agricultural reserve is eligible for preferential assessment under the act if the land is comprised of 10 or more contiguous acres (including any farmstead land and any woodlot). This includes land devoted to the development and operation of an alternative energy system if a majority of the energy annually generated is utilized on the tract.

 Example 1: Landowner owns 30 acres of land. The land is cleared land that was farmed at one time but that is no longer farmed. The land is open to the public for outdoor recreation or the enjoyment of scenic or natural beauty, without charge or fee, on a nondiscriminatory basis. The land qualifies to be enrolled as agricultural reserve land.

 Example 2: Same facts as Example 1, except the landowner charges a fee for allowing public access for hunting and recreation. This land is not eligible to be enrolled as agricultural reserve land.

 Example 3: Same facts as Example 1, except the landowner places reasonable restrictions on public access to the enrolled land that are acceptable to the county assessor in accordance with §  137b.64 (relating to agricultural reserve land to be open to the public). The land qualifies to be enrolled as agricultural reserve land.

 Example 4: Landowner owns 9 acres of land. The land is cleared land that was farmed at one time but that is no longer farmed. The land is not eligible to be enrolled as agricultural reserve land because it is less than 10 contiguous acres in area.

 Example 5: Landowner owns a parcel of enrolled agricultural reserve land. Landowner erects solar panels (or some other alternative energy system) on the land and a majority of the electricity generated by the alternative energy system is used on the land. The land remains in agricultural reserve.

 Example 6: Landowner owns two separate parcels of enrolled land, at least one of which is agricultural reserve land. The parcels are enrolled under a single application for preferential assessment. Landowner erects solar panels (or some other alternative energy system) on an agricultural reserve parcel. The majority of the electricity generated by the alternative energy system is used on the other enrolled parcel. The parcel upon which the alternative energy system is located remains agricultural reserve land.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  137b.13 amended under section 11 of the Pennsylvania Farmland and Forest Land Assessment Act of 1974 (72 P. S. §  5490.11).

Source

   The provisions of this §  137b.13 amended June 26, 2015, effective June 27, 2015, 45 Pa.B. 3311. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (276912).

Cross References

   This section cited in 7 Pa. Code §  137b.73d (relating to wind power generation systems).



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