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   (a)   Purpose and intent. The purpose of the agricultural district is to provide for continued use of land for agricultural purposes, including farms, ranches, orchards, truck farms and nurseries, until such time as it is appropriate and desirable to develop the property (at which time a rezoning to a district appropriate for the proposed development is required). One-family dwellings are permitted, provided they are clearly accessory to an agricultural operation.
   (b)   Uses. In the agricultural (“AG”) district, no building or land shall be used and no building shall be hereafter erected, reconstructed, altered or enlarged, nor shall a certificate of occupancy be issued, except in accordance with the use tables in Chapter 4, Articles 6 and 8 and the supplemental use standards of Chapter 5.
      (1)   One-family dwellings. One-family dwellings clearly incidental to the operation of a farm, ranch, orchard, truck garden or nursery (including dwellings on the same farm or ranch used exclusively for the housing of employees living on the premises) are permitted in the “AG” district, provided that tracts that contain less than ten acres in separate ownership shall be limited to one principal dwelling.
      (2)   Feeding pens. In the “AG” district, farms, ranches and similar agrarian activities involving the growing of plants and the raising and pasturing of livestock may include accessory feeding pens, provided that no operation shall be conducted that will be obnoxious or offensive. Commercial feeding pens shall not be permitted.
      (3)   Accessory buildings. See Chapter 5, Supplemental Use Standards, § 5.301 Accessory Buildings on Residential Lots.
   (c)   Property development standards. In the agricultural (“AG”) district, the minimum dimension of lots and yards and the height of buildings shall be as shown in the accompanying table.
Agricultural (“AG”) District
Agricultural (“AG”) District
Front yard
25 feet minimum
Rear yard
25% of lot depth minimum, not to exceed 25 feet
Side yard
   Interior lot, up to 50 feet width
Each side 10% of lot width minimum, but not less than 3 feet
   Interior lot over 50 feet width
Each side 5 feet minimum, sum of both sides equal to minimum 20% of lot width (not to exceed 20 feet)
Corner lot*
Same as interior lot
3-1/2 stories or 45 feet maximum, provided, however, stealth telecommunication towers are permitted to a height of 75 feet as a special exception approved by the board of adjustment. The scenic preservation and design review commission must approve the design of all stealth telecommunication towers. Telecommunication towers are not permitted.
*   May be subject to projected front yard setback (see §§ 6.101(f) and subsection (d)(4) below)
   (d)   Other development standards. Development in the agricultural (“AG”) district may be subject to a variety of general development standards included in Chapter 6, and the following provisions.
      (1)   On-premises signs. On-premises signs are permitted in the “AG” district subject to the following:
         a.   An unilluminated nameplate bearing the family name of the occupants residing in the residence not to exceed one square foot in area; and
         b.   An unilluminated sign for those uses permitted that are not residential. The sign shall not exceed 30 square feet in area, shall be no higher than 25 feet above grade and shall be placed a minimum of ten feet behind the property line. Such sign shall not be placed within 20 feet of drives providing ingress and egress to the property.
      (2)   Off-street parking. One space per dwelling unit. For nonresidential uses see Chapter 6, Development Standards, Article 2, Off-Street Parking and Loading, § 6.200.
      (3)   Landscaping and buffers. Nonresidential uses may require landscaping or buffers. See Chapter 6 Development Standards, Article 3, Landscaping, Buffers and Urban Forestry, § 6.300.
      (4)   Projected front yard setback.
         a.   On corner lots, the side yard regulations shall be the same as for interior lots except in the case of reversed frontage where the corner lot abuts on the side of a lot facing the other intersecting street, in which case there shall be a side yard on the corner lot of not less than 50% of the front yard required on the lot abutting the rear of the corner lot or separated only by an alley.
         b.   This regulation shall not be interpreted so as to reduce the buildable width, after providing the required minimum side yard, of a corner lot of record and in separate ownership as of May 16, 1966, to less than 28 feet.
         c.   No accessory buildings (§ 5.301) on a reverse frontage corner lot shall project beyond the front yard of the lots in the rear, nor shall a building be erected, reconstructed, altered or enlarged closer than five feet to the rear.
      (5)   Accessory buildings and structures. Accessory buildings and structures clearly incidental to a farm, ranch, orchard, truck garden or nursery (including, but not limited to, barns, stables, equipment sheds, poultry houses, swine pens, granaries, pump houses, water tanks and silos) are permitted in the “AG” district provided that accessory building and structures on tracts that contain less than four acres shall be limited to 50% of the area of the principal dwelling, provided further that such allowable area shall not be less than 1,500 square feet.
(Ord. 20159-04-2012, § 1 (Exh. A), passed 4-3-2012; Ord. 20454-10-2012, § 6, passed 10-9-2012)