[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury 7-28-1980. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Land development — See Ch. 150.
The right to farm all land is hereby recognized to exist as a natural right, subject to the provisions of the Cranbury Township Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 150 of this Code, and subject also to the restrictions and regulations on the raising of livestock and subject to the Township Health and Sanitary Codes and also subject to the applicable regulations of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
The right to farm as it is used in this section includes the use of large irrigation pumps and equipment, aerial and ground seeding and spraying, large tractors, numerous farm laborers and the application of chemical fertilizers and products for the control and elimination of insects, pests, weeds, fungus and other substances injurious to the farming process or for the purpose of producing from the land agricultural products, such as vegetables, grains, hay, fruits, fibers, potatoes, wood, trees, plants, shrubs, flowers and seeds. This right to farm shall also include the right to use land for grazing by animals, subject to the restrictions contained elsewhere in this Code for raising livestock.
The foregoing uses and activities included in the right to farm, when reasonable and necessary for the particular farming, livestock or fowl production, and when conducted in accordance with generally accepted agricultural practices as the same may be determined and promulgated, from time to time, by the Rutgers University School of Agriculture, may occur on holidays, Sundays and weekdays, at night and in the day, and the noise, odors, dust and fumes that are caused by them are also specifically permitted as part of the exercise of this right.
It is expressly found that whatever temporary inconveniences may be caused to others by such uses and activities so conducted, they are more than offset by the benefits from farming to the neighborhood and community and to society in general, by the preservation of open space, the beauty of the countryside and clean air and by the preservation and continuance of farming operations in Cranbury Township and in New Jersey as a source of agricultural products for this and future generations.