Opposed to NJ Assembly Bill No. 3460 sign now

We, The Undersigned, support Hopewell Township's objection to NJ Assembly Bill No. 3460 that would permit "agricultural tourism" on preserved farmland, particularly in regard to weddings. In light of the recent State and County agricultural board rulings supporting our case, we believe that local zoning and permit ordinances should take precedence and be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. This petition urges the Township Committee of Hopewell Township to send a resolution to the League of Municipalities and our New Jersey State Representatives in opposition to NJ Assembly Bill A-3460. A-3460 is designed to create new classification of activities which can take place on agriculturally-preserved farms as a matter of right, without any input from the local municipality. According to the bill, the new classification, agricultural tourism, is supposed to consist of activities which provide an opportunity for visitors to learn about the production of food and agricultural products, but its definition also includes weddings and special events. We believe that the term special events is overly broad and that the ability to conduct weddingson farms has nothing to do with learning about agriculture and is, in reality, a purely commercial activity that should be regulated by local zoning and not the State of New Jersey. This bill erodes the concept of home rule and the usurps the ability of the local governing body to decide how it wants to plan for development in its own community.

Therefore, we implore the Hopewell Township Committee to endorse the Township's stance opposing this bill.

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