Wow, Atomo - good work digging through all that legalize. I acknowledge the hard work that is (reading stuff like that makes my head hurt!)
I am on land that we call "Agricultural Land Reserve" (ALR). As you've identified, it has special rules which are generally helpful, but not always. We still need permits, but it's harder for the Municipality to say "no".
A major benefit is our "farm taxes" are far lower than normal property taxes. We can't get them unless our "farm income" is over a certain dollar value, but we do that easily with Hubby's chicken business which we do totally as farm gate sales. We tried going to a farmers market, but the cost/benefit ratio just wasn't there.
So it really is worth researching what can be done legally, and I'm impressed that you've thought this through from both the legal and the good of the land and the good of the planet perspectives! I can't wait to see your building and waterplans.
Makes sense Douglas. I agree that your land should be for "you" as long as it doesn't hurt others. Regrets and or lessons learned can come from both directions - following all the rules at the cost of your integrity, or not following
enough of the rules at the cost of functionality. It's all an adventure and journey of self-discovery whichever path is chosen
"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing."- Abraham Lincoln
posted 3 months ago
Hurrah! You may have found a creative, functional and eloquent solution in the right-to-farm laws.
Just to be a devil's advocate (and believe me that I'm empathetic about the amount of money it costs to get permits - it's absurd) - I'm the daughter of a building inspector and I have to say that there are very good reason for building codes and respecting that process. I completely agree that people can be dinosaurs and I have no empathy for jerks - and jerky cities - who won't look at a new idea. I get that you're in the middle of nowhere and if you do anything dangerous (which you probably won't but zillions of people do), you still can be a hazard to public safety. So many fires are started by illegally installed electrical systems and exploding hot water tanks. Even if the fires don't spread, it's public money that funds the fire department, so the cities feel it fair to ensure that there are no avoidable fire, fall, drowning or collapse risks. I grew up in a recreational area that didn't have a permitting system for many years and saw lots of that kind of thing. In your position, I think I would build a mobile tiny house. There aren't nearly the number of rules for anything mobile, and you don't run the risk of being forced to take down the safe if the city condemns it.
I want my playground back. Here, I'll give you this tiny ad for it: