Article 14 of the May 8, 2006 Annual Town Meeting voted to establish an Agricultural Commission for the Town of Littleton. Article 23 of the May 7, 2012 Annual Town Meeting voted to amend the Town Code Chapter 8. Boards and Commissions - ARTICLE VI, Agricultural Commission to read as follows:
Article VI. AGRICULTURAL COMMISSION
§ 8-10. Establishment; purpose.
There shall be an Agricultural Commission to promote agricultural-based economic opportunities; to preserve, revitalize and sustain the Littleton agricultural industry; to encourage the pursuit of agriculture as a career opportunity and lifestyle in the Town of Littleton; and to represent the Littleton farming community.
§ 8-11. Membership; terms.
The commission shall consist of seven members appointed by the Board of Selectmen for staggered three-year terms. The Commission shall also include those alternate members serving terms on the date this Bylaw became effective, provided that each such alternate position shall be retired when the alternate member no longer serves in that capacity, or upon expiration of their term, whichever is sooner. Not less than four members shall be, or have been, engaged in farming (as defined in M.G.L. c.128, §1A) or related agricultural industries; all other members shall possess experience or expertise relevant to the work of the Commission. Appointments made to the Commission should reflect the diversity and scale of agricultural businesses, the diversity and scale of the Town’s population, and serve to encourage next generation farmers. In filling vacancies thereon, the Board of Selectmen shall invite the recommendation of the Commission, and shall, in the first instance, consider any alternate members that apply.
§ 8-12. Work Plan.
The Commission shall develop a work plan to guide its activities. Such activities include but are not limited to, the following: shall serve as facilitators for encouraging the pursuit of agriculture in Littleton; shall promote agricultural-based economic opportunities in Town; shall act as mediators, advocates, educators, and/or negotiators on farming issues; shall work for preservation of prime agricultural lands; and shall pursue all initiatives appropriate to creating a sustainable agricultural community.