IS IT A FARM OR IS IT A HOME? CAN IT BE BOTH?
THE COUNTY you buy in wants to know what your land use plan is. So investigate the RESTRICTIONS before you give them an answer. If you plan to have one family and a small garden that produces food you sell at FARMERS' MARKET in town, will they let you make commercial use? Have a roundabout way of finding out what CODING restrictions are. Is it OK to go commercial with OVER 15 acres? What is the cut off point?
Don't tell CITY HALL until you know it all. Don't reveal and do not peel. Don't show up and blab or it'll blow up bad. Don't buy and force yourself to lie. You should have KNOWED what was in the CODE!
When you buy or lease land from a farmer, make certain what zoning restrictions are in place. Never shell out cash until you check with CITY HALL. Often you can get clearances, variances for smaller properties as l0 acres is often deemed too small for commercial farming. It isn't of course. Berries on ten acres would make any farmer a good living. Ditto grapes/ wine. The entire government even on nat'l levels, seems to want to protect 'valuable' FARMLAND from encroachment by private citizens doing 'gentleman farming,' which isn't really adding to the nation's breadbasket. So learn all the ins and outs by talking to farmers in this area you like.
The state and or city usually already established some local, zoning policy to protect the state’s land base for commercial agriculture. They seem to want to protect land from being divided into multiple parcels for nonfarm dwellings while continuing to allow limited number of non-farm dwellings on less productive land or smaller properties. So perhaps you want to VOW to the city that you are going to do intensive agriculture of food crops and keep your word. Cheaper than a GYM.
Regulations authorize division of land in an exclusive farm-use zone to create up to, or to divide into, two new parcels smaller than the minimum lot size each to contain one nonfarm dwelling in certain circumstances. For instance, laws allow (in eastern Oregon) a single-family residential, nonfarm dwelling on exclusive farm-use land if the dwelling and related activities will not force a significant change in, or cost of, accepted farming or forest practices on nearby lands devoted to farm or forest use. The dwelling will be sited on a lot or parcel created after a given date, which the legislature establishes. The dwelling must not materially ALTER the stability of the overall land use pattern of the area; and the dwelling must comply with other conditions the local government deems necessary.
ISSUES that you can google and reference & research
• Ability to build non-farm dwellings on land that is zoned for farm use but not arable
• Desire to not divert land to non-farm use, as in a dwelling.
• Flexibility to use land that is not suited for agricultural uses
• Size of parcels that non-farm dwelling would be built on
If you swear up and down that you are going to farm, have a tractor (as a prop, even a broken down one,) you will probably pass local ordinances. If you show that you intend to build FARM WORKER VILLAS, that again is certainly a type of building that shows intent to farm. If your farmworkers are white guys with their families, who can say they aren't the staff? If they swear that they are? You think the gov is going to pursue their W-2s? But better than pulling off a mini-hoax would be to ACTUALLY farm and supply food to local city food boutiques, cafes. Otherwise, you had better for for NON-FARM DWELLING status, in which case, why those ten worker villas for your chums, huh? So it's really FARM OR GET OUT. Get ready to get physical.
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