Planning and Development - Division of Planning, Zoning and Land Use

Agricultural Conservation Easement and Farmland Protection Commission (ACE)

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Preserving the Agricultural Heritage of McHenry County

ACE is a McHenry County commission that was established to create and administer a program for the permanent protection of farmland from conversion to other uses. The program provides an opportunity for farmers to donate or sell their development rights of their property to the county by establishing an agricultural easement . In doing so, this ensures that the farm will forever remain in agricultural use.

McHenry County farmland is among the richest soil in the entire country. Once the home of major dairy farms and produce growers, the potential productivity of the remaining farmland will continue to be an economic force if allowed to continue in the county.

ACE Ordinance and Bylaws

Would you like to become an ACE Member?

Please submit an application for a County Board Appointment to become an ACE Member.

ACE Meetings

ACE will be meeting the 3rd Wednesday of every other month for the year of 2014; January 15th, March 19th, May 21st, July 16th, September 17th, and November 19th. All of the meetings are at 7:00 p.m. and will be in the County Board Conference Rooms of the McHenry County Administration Building located at 667 Ware Road, Woodstock. To view meeting agendas and minutes please CLICK HERE.

McHenry County Local Food Assessment

The McHenry County Food and Farmland Assessment project aims to support the viability of the local food system and farmland protection in McHenry County. A strong local food system will generate benefits for the local community, such as a more robust agricultural economy, environmentally sustainable land use, and greater access to fresh food. As a response to significant public input, the McHenry County Agricultural Conservation Easement and Farmland Protection Commission (ACE) formed a local Task Force in August 2011 to get a better understanding of the local food landscape in the county. The Task Force was charged with conducting a comprehensive local food assessment in McHenry County. Openlands, a regional conservation not-for-profit organization, led the Task Force of local partners and stakeholders including: the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, McHenry County Farm Bureau, the McHenry County Conservation District, Woodstock School District 200, local farmers, county staff from the planning and health departments, county board members, University of Illinois Extension Service, and interested citizens.

Local Food Assessment Resolution

Local Food Assessment Executive Summary

Local Food Assessment Full Report