- Associated Press - Sunday, September 20, 2015

RANDOLPH, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Agency of Agriculture says development plans at the Randolph exit off Interstate 89 will not preserve as much farmland as the developer claims it will.

Vermont Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/1KoVCiR ) the District Three Environmental Commission is doing a partial review of the proposed development for 172 acres off the interstate.

Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Diane Bothfeld says part of the property claimed as primary agricultural land in the plans is actually wetland.

Bothfeld says the developer will need to preserve 54 acres on site and 55 acres off it to meet the requirement.

The commission has asked developer Jesse Sammis to leave more land for farming, but that would require him to preserve land elsewhere to make up for additional farmland lost to buildings and parking lots.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net

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