[HISTORY: Adopted by the Special Town Meeting 11-27-2007 by Art. 17. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established an Agricultural Commission to represent the Westminster farming community. Said Commission shall serve as facilitators for encouraging the pursuit of agriculture in the Town of Westminster, and shall promote agricultural-based economic opportunities in the Town. The Commission will consist of five members from the active farming community of Westminster, appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Two members for a term of three years; two members for a term of two years, and three thereafter; and one member for a one-year term, and three years thereafter. Up to five alternates may also be appointed by the Board of Selectmen, each for one-year terms.
The duties of the Commission shall include, but not be limited to:
Advising the Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Conservation Commission, Board of Health, Board of Assessors, and other local organizations on projects and activities, including acquisitions and other transactions involving agricultural lands in Town.
Engaging in projects and activities to promote farming activities and traditions and farmland protection, including community programs and events.
Promoting the protection, preservation and economic use of farmland and forest land.
Acting as mediators, advocates, educators and/or negotiators on farming issues.
Pursuing initiatives appropriate to creating a sustainable agricultural community and preserving the rural character of Westminster.
Reporting on its projects and activities on an annual basis within the Town Report.