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Full Text of HB0229  94th General Assembly



HB0229 Enrolled LRB094 06072 JAM 36133 b

1     AN ACT concerning agriculture.
2     Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3 represented in the General Assembly:
4     Section 5. The Agricultural Areas Conservation and
5 Protection Act is amended by changing Section 5 as follows:
6     (505 ILCS 5/5)  (from Ch. 5, par. 1005)
7     Sec. 5. Agricultural Areas; Creation. Any owner or owners
8 of land may submit a proposal to the county board for the
9 creation of an agricultural area within such county. An
10 agricultural area, at the creation of any such area, shall not
11 be less than 350 acres in all counties with a population under
12 600,000 and not less than 100 acres in all counties with a
13 population of 600,000 or more. Such proposal shall include a
14 description of the proposed area, including the boundaries
15 thereof. Such territory shall be as compact and nearly
16 contiguous as feasible. If any portion of the proposed area is
17 not contiguous to another portion of the proposed area, that
18 non-contiguous portion must be no more than 1.5 miles from the
19 nearest other portion of the proposed area as measured between
20 the closest boundaries of the 2 portions. An area created under
21 this Act shall be established for a period of ten years. No
22 land shall be included in an agricultural area without the
23 consent of the owner. No land within an agricultural area shall
24 be used for other than agricultural production as described in
25 Sections 3.01 and 3.02 of this Act. Agreements for the
26 extraction of mineral resources duly agreed upon prior to the
27 creation of an agricultural area shall be exempted from the use
28 provisions of this Section. In addition, the extraction of
29 mineral resources conducted pursuant to The Surface Coal Mining
30 Land Conservation and Reclamation Act shall be considered
31 temporary land use and shall be exempted from the use
32 provisions of this Section.



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1 (Source: P.A. 93-234, eff. 7-22-03.)