Journal of agricultural ethics

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 97–112 | Cite as

Economic and equity implications of land-use zoning in suburban agriculture

  • Adesoji Adelaja
  • Donn Derr
  • Karen Rose-Tank


A cash-flow viability model is used to evaluate the impacts of land-use zoning on farm households in New Jersey. Findings suggest that zoning results in increased production expenses, lower efficiency and profitability, and the devaluation of land assets. Cash flow and economic viability are, thus, reduced. Impacts of zoning on farm incomes, off-farm incomes, revenues from land sales, indebtedness, and farm sizes were not statistically significant. The results suggest that the use of land-use zoning statutes to guarantee the existence of agriculture may not be equitable unless transferable development rights or other methods of compensating farmers for their losses are simultaneously implemented.


Economic viability cash flow land-use zoning equity agricultural preservation transfer development rights 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adesoji Adelaja
    • 1
  • Donn Derr
    • 1
  • Karen Rose-Tank
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural Economics and Marketing RutgersThe State University of New JerseyNew Brunswick

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