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Guidelines for Establishing State of North Carolina Agrarian Growth Zones

1. Intent As authorized in GS 143B-437.10, the purpose of the State Agrarian Growth Zones is to provide economic incentives to stimulate new investment and job creation in economically distressed areas. A State Agrarian Growth Zone is an area comprised of one or more contiguous census tracts, census block groups, or both, in the most recent federal decennial census that meets all conditions listed in section 2 of this document.

2. Qualifying an Area for Designation

The basis for identifying and qualifying an area for a State Agrarian Growth Zone is contiguous census tracts and census block groups as defined by the most recent decennial United States Bureau of Census. A County government may request the designation of one or more Agrarian Growth Zones. Each Zone must meet the minimum criteria specified in the General Statutes and described below.

An Agrarian Growth Zone is an area that meets all of the following conditions:

  • 1.

    It is comprised of one or more contiguous census tracts, census block groups, or both, in the most recent federal decennial census.

  • 2.

    All of the area is located in whole within a county that has no municipality with a population in excess of 10,000 based on current population estimate from NC State Demographer’s Office.

  • 3.

    Every census tract and census block group that comprises the area either has more than twenty percent (20%) of its population below the poverty level or is adjacent to another census tract or census block group in the zone that has more than twenty percent (20%) of its population below the poverty level according to the most recent federal decennial census.

  • 4.

    The zone as a whole has more than twenty percent (20%) of its population below the poverty level according to the most recent federal decennial census.

The area of a county that is included in one or more agrarian growth shall not exceed five percent (5%) of the total area of the county.

The application shall include all of the following requirements in order to be considered for designation:

  • 1.

    A map showing the census tracts and block groups that would comprise the zone.

  • 2.

    A detailed description of the boundaries of the area that would comprise the zone.

  • 3.

    A map illustrating the size of the proposed zone.

  • 4.

    Detailed census information on the county and proposed zone.

  • 5.

    A resolution of the board of county commissioners requesting the designation of the area as an

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agrarian growth zone. Any other materials required by the Secretary of Commerce.

3. Assistance with Preparation of an Application for Zone Designation.

Assistance with preparation of the application for Agrarian Growth Zone Designation is available at the North Carolina Division of Community Assistance. Regional Offices may provide assistance with these guidelines. Contacts at these offices are provided on Attachment C.

While the Division of Community Assistance may assist a County in the preparation of tan application, the accuracy of all information contained in the application remains the sole responsibility of the local

Agrarian Growth Zone Guidelines

Revised OCT 2010

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