[HISTORY: Adopted by the Annual Town Meeting of the Town of Harvard 3-27-2006 by Art. 22; amended in its entirety 10-22-2018 STM by Art. 1; Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of the Agricultural Advisory Commission, sometimes hereinafter "the Commission," is to support commercial agriculture and other farming activities in the Town of Harvard. The Commission's duties shall include, but are not limited to: serving as facilitators for encouraging the pursuits of agriculture in Harvard; promoting agricultural-based economic opportunities in Town; acting as mediators, advocates, educators, and/or negotiators on farming issues; working for preservation of prime agricultural lands; advising the Select Board, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Conservation Commission, Board of Health, Historical Commission, Board of Assessors, and the Open Space Committee, or any other appropriate Town Boards, on issues involving agriculture; and pursuing all initiatives appropriate to creating a sustainable agricultural community.
The Agricultural Advisory Commission shall consist of five members appointed by the Select Board, the majority of which Commission's membership shall be substantially engaged in the pursuit of agriculture. All members of the Commission must either be residents of the Town or owners and farmers of agricultural property within the Town.
There may be up to three alternates appointed to the Commission by the Select Board, each to serve for a term of one year. Said alternates shall be designated by the Chair of the Commission to fill any vacancies at meetings of the Commission, regardless of the reason for the vacancy.
In making its appointments, the Select Board shall consider the intent of the Commission to represent the agricultural interests of the Town.
The members shall serve overlapping terms of three years. For the first Agricultural Advisory Commission, the Select Board shall appoint two members for a term of three years, two members for a term of two years and one member for a term of one year. Thereafter, appointments shall be made for three-year terms.
The Select Board shall fill a vacancy based on the unexpired term of the vacancy in order to maintain the cycle of appointments, based upon the recommendations of the Commission.