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4-H and FFA animal projects shall be allowed in all residential zones, subject to the following performance standards:
(A) The project time frame is September 1 through April 15 of each year. Included within this timeframe is the time designated for raising veal calves, which begins in January 1 and runs through April 15.
(B) At the beginning of each 4-H and FFA season, the University of Arizona Extension Yuma County 4-H and County FFA Chapter Advisors shall provide the Community Development Director with a list of participants, their addresses, number and type of animals.
(D) Animals shall be housed and/or caged according to standard acceptable 4-H and FFA practice.
(E) 4-H and FFA students shall ensure that 4-H and FFA standards for sanitation and food containment are followed.
(F) 4-H and FFA students shall be required to notify their immediate neighbors (any property touching the subject property) if they propose to keep animals outside the home, in the yard.
(G) Any animals proposed to be kept outside the house shall be located on a well-drained site in the rear portion of the lot (not in the side-yard unless arrangements have been made with the side-yard neighbor).
(H) Division (A) above does not overrule the decision of the property owner (if renting the residence) or the CC&R’s who/which may not allow this activity.
(I) In the event the city receives a complaint about the keeping of any 4-H and FFA project animal(s), the city will first notify the University of Arizona Extension Yuma County 4-H and County FFA Chapter Advisors and allow those advisors to work with the student to correct the situation, before proceeding with any code enforcement action.
(J) Animals located on a lot that is adjacent to an agricultural farm field that is producing fresh vegetables must comply with the following additional requirements:
(1) Provide a minimum of a three feet solid barrier fence between the lot and agricultural farm field;
(b) The animal(s) shall be kept a distance of at least 30 feet from the crop in the neighboring field (the distance of separation follows the current Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Production and Harvest of Lettuce and Leafy Greens, as may be amended);
(c) No run-off is allowed onto any adjacent property; and
(d) Animals shall not be walked within 30 feet of agricultural farm fields.
(Ord. O2009-29, passed 10-7-2009; Ord. O2010-32, passed 7-7-2010; Ord. O2012-05, passed 3-7-12)