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(A) Purpose. The purpose of this district is to provide for preservation and protection of agricultural uses existing within the city limits.
(B) Permitted uses.
(1) Agricultural uses subject to Minnesota Pollution Control Agency standards, but not including commercial feed lots or other commercial operations;
(2) Accessory buildings and structures;
(3) Churches and cemeteries;
(4) Golf courses, parks, and play fields;
(5) Schools, public buildings and facilities;
(6) Single-family dwellings, including:
(a) Manufactured home units installed on a permanent foundation or basement: and
(b) Home occupations.
(7) Stock-piling of sand and gravel for road construction and maintenance;
(8) Construction and maintenance of drainage systems to manage the water run-off and water reservoirs; and
(9) Utility lines and pipe lines including substations for transformers, pumping stations, and lift stations.
(C) Conditional uses.
(1) High voltage transmission lines and accessory structures;
(2) Manufacturing and processing of agricultural products produced in the area but not including rendering plants and fertilizer plants;
(3) Radio, TV stations, and towers;
(4) Sewage lagoons and wastewater treatment facilities; and
(5) Veterinary clinics, animal hospitals, and domestic animal kennels which are not nearer than 1,000 feet from any residence except that of the owner or operator.
(D) Lot requirements.
(1) Lot area.
(a) For agricultural uses: ten acres.
(b) For non-farm residential uses: two acres.
(c) For non-residential uses: five acres.
(2) Lot width. Lot width for any use in the agricultural district shall not be less than 250 feet.
(E) Yard requirements.
(1) Front yard. Fifty feet except where adjacent structures have front yard setbacks different from those required, the front yard minimum setback shall be the average of the adjacent structures. If there is only one adjacent structure, the front yard minimum setback shall be the average of the above required setback and that of the adjacent structure.
(2) Rear yard. Fifty feet.
(3) Side yard. Ten percent of the lot width, except for corner lots, see division (E)(4) below.
(4) Corner lots. If no previous designation has been made, prior to any new construction upon any corner lot the owner shall designate and deliver to the city in writing the front, rear, and side lot lines of the lot, which designation shall govern for all purposes in the future.
(a) Front yard. Fifty feet except where adjacent structures have front yard setbacks different from those required, the front yard minimum setback shall be the average of the adjacent structures. If there is only one adjacent structure, the front yard minimum setback shall be the average of the above required setback and that of the adjacent structure.
(b) Rear yard: Fifty feet.
(c) Side yard: Ten percent of the lot width from the side lot line not abutting upon a street or public right-of-way, 20% of the lot width from the side lot line abutting upon a street or public right-of-way.
(F) Building requirements.
(1) Building height.
(a) Shall not exceed two and one-half stories or 35 feet except for church steeples, farm-related and communication structures.
(b) Shall be determined by the City Council for agriculturally-related uses.
(2) Building width. For residential uses shall be a minimum of 24 feet.
(3) Floor area for residential uses shall be a minimum of:
(a) One- and two-bedroom dwellings: 850 square feet.
(b) Three-bedroom dwelling: 1,000 square feet.
(c) Four-or more bedroom dwelling: 1,200 square feet.
(4) Foundation. All buildings shall be placed on a permanent foundation except for accessory buildings with a footprint of less than 120 square feet.
(G) Parking requirements. For non-farm uses, the provisions of § 154.46 shall apply.
(H) Sign requirements. Sign requirements shall be subject to the provisions of § 154.47.
(Ord. 19-1, passed 8-10-1998; Ord. 19-15, passed 5-12-2003; Ord. 19-16, passed 2-13-2006)