Town of Ulysses, NY
Tompkins County
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§ 212-23 Purpose.

The purpose of the A1—Agricultural District is to protect the agricultural production resources of the Town of Ulysses as seen today in viable agricultural operations and the agricultural heritage of the Town as seen today in the variety of land uses and the openness of agricultural fields.

§ 212-24 Right to farm.

In the A1—Agricultural District, agriculture shall be the primary land use. Within the district any agricultural practice determined to be a sound agricultural practice by the New York State Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets pursuant to Article 25-AA, § 308, including, but not limited to, practices necessary for on-farm production, preparation and marketing of agricultural commodities, such as the operation of farm equipment; proper use of agricultural chemicals and other crop protection methods; direct sale to consumers of agricultural commodities or foods containing agricultural commodities produced on-farm; and construction and use of farm structures, shall not constitute a private nuisance.

§ 212-25 Permitted uses.

In the A1—Agricultural District, no building or structure shall be erected, altered or extended, and no land or building thereof shall be used for any purpose or purposes other than the following:
A. 
Agriculture.
B. 
Commercial stables, subject to the standards set forth in Article XX, § 212-138.
C. 
Flag lots, subject to the standards set forth in Article XX, § 212-130.
D. 
Roadside stands, subject to the standards set forth in Article XX, § 212-135.
E. 
Single-family residences and their accessory structures.
F. 
Two-family residences and their accessory structures.
G. 
Farm labor housing as regulated by the New York State Uniform Code. These residences shall be located on the same farm operation where other farm structures are located. Each dwelling must be a minimum of 560 square feet. A simplified site plan review for siting considerations shall be required for more than two units. The Town may require a notarized statement from the property owner to certify that the occupants in the farm labor housing are employed on the farm.
H. 
Temporary buildings as defined in Article IV.

§ 212-26 Permitted accessory uses.

Such necessary uses as are customarily incidental to the above uses, as well as the following:
A. 
Bed-and-breakfast establishments, subject to the standards for parking, outdoor lighting and signs set forth in Article XX.
B. 
Business directional signs, subject to limitations set forth in Article XX, § 212-122D.
C. 
Customary home occupations, conducted solely by residents of the dwelling.
D. 
Elder cottages, subject to the provisions of Article XX, § 212-128.
E. 
Family adult care.
F. 
Family child care.
G. 
Adult care groups.
H. 
Home occupations.
I. 
Lodges.
J. 
Professional offices where such office is part of the residence building and no more than three persons not residing on the premises are employed.
K. 
Signs as regulated under Article XX, § 212-122; also note Article XX, § 212-122E.

§ 212-27 Uses allowed by site plan approval.

The following uses are allowed upon approval of a site plan by the Planning Board, subject to the design standards set forth in relevant sections of Article XX:
A. 
Airstrips, private.
B. 
Cemeteries as regulated by New York State, and the buildings and structures incidental to cemetery operations.
C. 
Churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship, convents, rectories, parish houses.
D. 
Communication transmission towers and telecommunications facilities, subject to the provisions of Article XXII.
E. 
Cottage industry.
F. 
Small-scale sawmills subject to the provisions of Article XX, § 212-136.

§ 212-28 Uses allowed by special permit.

The following uses are allowed upon approval of a special permit pursuant to Article III, § 212-18, subject to the standards set forth in relevant sections of Article XX:
A. 
Agricultural commerce when constructing a new building or adding an addition to an existing building that is greater than 50% of the existing building foot print, subject to site plan approval pursuant to Article III, § 212-19, and the provisions of Article XX, § 212-139.
B. 
Airports.
C. 
Animal confinement regulated by confined or concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO).
D. 
Animal processing structures.
E. 
Group campgrounds subject to the provisions of Article XX, § 212-127.
F. 
Campgrounds, overnight subject to the provisions of Article XX, § 212-127.
G. 
Fire stations and other public buildings necessary for the protection or servicing of a neighborhood.
H. 
Hunting clubs.
I. 
Kennels.
J. 
Public and private schools, nursery schools and institutions of higher education, including dormitory accommodations.
K. 
Regional parks and preserves.
L. 
Golf courses, except miniature golf courses operated on a commercial basis, upon approval of the Town Board.

§ 212-29 Lot area and yard requirements.

A. 
There shall be no more than two residential buildings on any lot in the A1 — Agricultural District.
B. 
Minimum lot area shall be two acres.
C. 
Minimum lot width at front lot line shall be 400 feet.
D. 
Minimum lot depth shall be 200 feet.
E. 
Minimum front yard setback shall be 75 feet.
F. 
Minimum side yard setbacks shall be 30 feet.
G. 
Minimum rear setback shall be 75 feet.
H. 
Maximum building height for any nonagricultural building or structure shall be 32 feet above average grade measured at the building perimeter.
I. 
Maximum lot coverage shall be 5% of the lot area.
J. 
In the case of a lodge, the capacity of said facility shall be no more than one overnight guest for each 15 acres of land encompassed by the parcel on which the lodge is located.