About the Exit 4 Farmland The Preservation Trust of Vermont (PTV) acquired the Exit 4 Farmland in July of 2017. Once the site of a proposed large-scale development, PTV worked in cooperation with the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) and a citizens group called Exit 4 Open Space (E4OS), to acquire the land with the goals of conveying it for agricultural use and/or maintaining open space.
PTV has issued a Request for Concepts as the first step in seeking an owner of the property. The submissions received will help the groups involved understand the range of ideas for the parcel. More detailed proposals will be sought in a subsequent phase. You can find the full Request for Concepts here; applications are due by October 1, 2017.
Priority will be given to concepts that achieve the following objectives:
Use the land for agricultural purposes. Agricultural activities are a priority for the site, but concepts that keep the land as a natural area will be considered. A combination of both will also be considered. Extremely limited enterprises or educational activities that are directly related to the farm’s production may be allowed occasionally, and under certain circumstances (further details are below). Preserve the site’s iconic view to the mountains. This key community value must be upheld by any concept proposals submitted. Allow public access to certain portions of the land. The configuration of that access is not yet finalized, and will be shaped by the concept being proposed. Protect and enhance gateway to Randolph. Consistent with (1) and (2) above, concepts should reflect the importance of this area as a gateway to Randolph. Uses and appearance should support that function. Creativity in applications is encouraged. PTV and its partners are open to cooperative ownership, as well as private or public ownership. Applicants should show a commitment to stewardship and the community spirit in which this land was conserved. PTV is seeking an owner who can demonstrate the ability to fulfill these objectives.
While the purchase price proposed by the potential owner will be taken into consideration, PTV and its partners are prioritizing the objectives stated above. Conservation easement To uphold a key value for which this farm was conserved, the farm will be sold subject to a perpetual conservation easement that will allow many types of agricultural uses. The terms of the easement will include several principles, including a public access component, though specific terms may be shaped by the nature of the proposal concepts received. You can find details about this in the Request for Concepts document. We look forward to receiving your ideas and questions!