By: Michaelle Bond
Published: January 22, 2017
It is a mere “sliver” in the county that has the state’s richest harvest of farmland, over 100,000 of which is off-limits to development.
But conservation activists say the future of land preservation in Pennsylvania hinges on the fate of a patch of Lancaster County farmland that is less than a third of an acre.
So-called sliver taking, in which small parcels of farms are seized by eminent domain to accommodate road projects.
At the center of the controversy is a plan by the Hurst family, owners of the popular Oregon Dairy complex, to build a 75-acre housing and retail development on property not far from a busy highway it owns in growing Manheim Township, outside Lancaster City. The Hursts say the entire region would benefit from the development.
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