10 August 2009

Farmland development

In New Jersey, much of the new development in the last few years has been suburban growth on former farmland. Some of that farmland was dosed pretty heavily with chemicals to boost productivity, and the result is that it needs to get cleaned up a bit before developing. But the AP had a story in the Star-Ledger last week pointing out the disasters when neighborhoods find out that no one bothered to test the soils because they didn't have to.

As the article points out, orchards are sometimes thought to be the worst offenders, even though street names like Fruit Farm Road and Apple Grove Lane sound so appealing. But the legal teams are going to have to work out what it means for the homeowners who bought reasonably expensive houses there.

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