A-2 GENERAL FARMING DISTRICT

 

(1) Statement of Intent:

The intent of this district is to allow the development of small-scale farming activities characterized by the mixed crop of the traditional "family farm" along with residential growth as characterized by "hobby farms" and scattered residential development. This district can be located in those areas where the occurrence of scattered urban uses are likely to occur. However, the agricultural district is to be recognized as the dominant activity of the area. While the basic zoning district may remain A-2, the actual use of the property may be as a "farm", "hobby farm", or "residential agricultural".

 

(2) Determination of Intent:

Allowable uses within the A-2 District shall be based upon the type of agricultural use existing and proposed for the property. This determination shall be based among other things, ON ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING: Occupation(s) of the owner; gross farm income of the owner based upon such things as land rental, sale of crops or commodities, or sale of livestock where documentation of said income can be provided on an official signed statement by the owner clarifying that at least part of their gross income is from a filed Federal Schedule “F”; property size; past history of the use of the property; and intent of the owner.

 

(3) Principal Uses - Farm:

All uses permitted in the A-1 "Agri-Business District" plus a one-family dwelling. Dwelling size according to R-1 District standards.

 

(4) Principal Uses - Hobby Farm:

 

(a) All uses permitted in the A-1 "Agri-Business District", except barns, silos, and other accessory buildings shall not be permitted until the dwelling is either present or under construction, or a conditional use has been granted.

 

(b) Single family dwellings with a minimum width of 20 ft., measured from the narrowest part of the structure and containing a minimum area of 1000 square feet.

 

(5) Principal Uses - Residential Agricultural:

Single family dwellings with a minimum width of 20 ft., measured from the narrowest part of the structure and containing a minimum area of 1000 square feet.

 

(6) Basic District Standards – Farm:

 

(a) Non-residential farm buildings.

 

(1) Height--Maximum--None.

 

(2) Yards.

(a) Street--minimum--75 ft. from right-of-way

(b) Rear--minimum--50 ft.

(c) Side--minimum--15 ft. each side yard

(d) Shore--minimum--75 ft.

 

(b) Residential Dwellings. Height and all setbacks according to the R-1 District standards.

 

(7) Basic District Standards – Hobby Farm:

 

(a) Non-residential farm buildings:

 

(1) Height - same as farm.

(2) Yards - same as farm.

 

(b) Residential dwelling: Height and all setbacks according to R-1 district.

 

(8) Basic District Standards – Residential Agricultural:

 

(a) Non-residential buildings. Height, area & all setbacks according to R-1 district only where principal structure is present or under construction – otherwise prohibited.

 

(b) Residential dwelling. Height and all setbacks according to R-1 district.

 

(9) Garage Standards:

 

(a) Garages shall be allowed as an accessory use where the residential dwelling is present or under construction. Garage size, height, and location shall be determined by either the R-1 (single family) or R-3 (duplex) accessory standards as may be applicable.

 

 

(10) Accessory Uses:

 

(a) Farm.

 

(a) Fences. Security fences are permitted on the property line, but shall not exceed ten (10) feet in height and shall be of an open type similar to woven wire or chain link fencing.

 

(b) Signs. Please refer to “Other Permits- C. Signs”

 

(c) Roadside Stands. One (1) roadside stand on any one (1) farm shall be permitted, providing it will be used only for the sale of farm products raised on said farm.

 

(d) Out Buildings.

 

 

(b) Hobby Farm.

 

(a) Fences. Security fences are permitted on the property line, but shall not exceed ten (10) feet in height and shall be of an open type similar to woven wire or chain link fencing.

 

(c) Roadside Stands. One (1) roadside stand on any one (1) farm shall be permitted, providing it will be used only for the sale of farm products raised on said farm.

 

 

(c) Residential Agricultural.

 

(a) Fences.

 

(1) Fences will be permitted on the property line except that no fence shall be located closer than 2' to any right-of-way. On the side and rear yard, the height shall not exceed six (6) feet in height. In the street yard, fences shall be an open type (50% or less opaque) and shall not exceed four (4) feet in height. In those cases where the rear yard is a shore yard, fences located between the shore yard setback line and half the distance to the ordinary high water mark shall adhere to the rear yard standards. The remaining shore yard shall adhere to the street yard standards.

 

(2) Fences on the property line of a through lot abutting an access restricted right-of-way shall be allowed at the rear yard height and opacity standards.

 

(3) No fence in any residential district shall consist of, or contain, 8-18 gauge single strand wire commonly known as ‘barbed wire’, nor shall any fence be electrified. Farm fences adjacent to a residential district are exempt from this restriction.

 

(b) Outdoor Lighting. Outdoor lighting installations shall be permitted in all yard areas, but no closer than three (3) feet to an abutting property line and shall be adequately shielded or hooded so that no excessive glare or illumination is cast upon the adjoining properties.

 

(c) Parking.