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(A) It is the declared policy of the county to preserve, protect, and encourage the development and improvement of its agricultural land for the production of food and other agricultural products. It is the purpose of this subchapter to reduce the loss to the county of its agricultural resources by limiting the circumstances under which agricultural operations may be deemed to constitute a nuisance, trespass, or other interference with the reasonable use and enjoyment of land, including but not limited to smoke, odors, flies, dust, noise, chemicals, or vibration, provided that nothing in this subchapter shall in any way restrict or impede the authority of the state and of the county to protect the public health, safety, and welfare.
(B) It is in the public interest to promote a more clear understanding between agricultural operations and nonagricultural residential neighbors concerning the normal inconveniences of agricultural operations which follow generally accepted agricultural practices and do not endanger public health or safety.
(C) This subchapter is not intended to and shall not be construed as in any way modifying or abridging local, state, or federal laws relating to health, safety, zoning, licensing requirements, environmental standards (including those standards which relate to air and water quality), etc.
(D) An additional purpose of this subchapter is to promote a good-neighbor policy by advising purchasers and users of property adjacent to or near agricultural operations of the inherent potential problems associated with such purchase or use. These potential problems include but are not limited to noises, odors, dust, flies, chemicals, smoke, vibration, and hours of operation that may accompany agricultural operations. It is intended that, through mandatory disclosures, purchasers and users will better understand the impact of living near agricultural operations and be prepared to accept attendant conditions as the natural result of living in or near rural areas. However, this subchapter shall be effective regardless of whether disclosure was made in accordance with § 150.59.
(2004 Code, § 173-1) (Ord. 127, passed 12-2-1994; Ord. 02-18, passed 11-21-2002)