In accordance with the federal law, the Farmland Protection Policy Act (FPPA) of 1981, ODOT is required to consider the adverse effects of all federally funded transportation projects on farmland preservation and to consider alternative actions that could lessen those impacts.
In addition, Ohio's Farmland Preservation Act - ORC 929.05, requires ODOT to coordinate with the Ohio Department of Agriculture for transportation projects that take 10% or 10 acres (whichever is greater) from any individual property within an agricultural district.
Ecological Resources and Permit staff also work with the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a division of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, to identify Ohio's Prime Farmlands.
Determining Urbanized Areas Not Subject to FPPA
Land within an urbanized area or committed to urban development or water storage is not subject to the FPPA. Urban development includes land identified as ‘‘Urbanized Area’’ (UA) on the Census Bureau Map or Urban Area with a ‘‘tint overprint’’ on USGS Topographical Quadrangle Maps (please note that census bureau maps are more likely to be updated sooner than USGS maps). To verify that a project is located within an urbanized area or urban cluster, please visit the United States Census Bureau TIGERweb application site. Instructions can be found in the Guidance Section of this webpage.