Each topic contains a discussion of issues and goals, and describes how the City and its partners will go about accomplishing these goals.

Development Guide

Development Guide

Agricultural Preserve (AP)

AP preserves large scale acreages used primarily for agricultural purposes that are within the municipal boundaries. A large portion of the AP area consists of undevelopable floodplains. Existing development patterns are expected to remain unchanged for a long period of time, allowing agricultural operations to exist and thrive at different scales. Commercial and light industrial uses may be appropriate provided they do not negatively impact agricultural operations and character.

Density Range

Gross Density   n/a
Lot Sizes
Non-Residential Floor to Area Ratio (FAR) Range   n/a


1.0  Site Design, Building Form, and Location

  1.1  Site Design
  • Minimize potential conflicts between development and agricultural operations, placing emphasis on supporting the economic viability of agricultural operations.
  • Protect rural character by designing buildings and sites to complement the scale, character, and size of surrounding uses and structures.
  • Utilize Best Management Practices for managing stormwater runoff to protect water quality and viability of agricultural operations.
  • Protect soils classified by the USDA as “Prime Farmland” by minimizing impermeable surfaces and keeping at least 95 percent of the land free from restrictions (e.g., conservation easements) that would prevent land from being easily converted back to farmland.
  • Avoid developing within 100 year floodplains or floodways

Agricultural Character
Farms and other agricultural operations, mixed with very large lot estate style housing and undeveloped floodplain / open space.