[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Southampton as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Right to Farm
[Adopted 2-22-1994 by L.L. No. 9-1994]
It has long been the policy of the Town Board of the Town of Southampton to conserve, protect and encourage the use of its agricultural land for the production of food and other agricultural products. Over the years, farms have become increasingly hemmed in by residential development, leading to a greater potential for conflict between some of the everyday consequences of farming activities, such as dust, noise and odors, and the desires of homeowners to enjoy their property free of the nuisances that agricultural production can generate. It is the purpose of this article to help reduce the pressure on farmers to give up their agricultural operations. The minimal nuisance which may be experienced by the surrounding community from agricultural operations is more than offset by the benefits of the preservation of working landscape and the contributions to rural character and economy that farming provides.
For the purposes of this article, the following definitions shall apply:
- AGRICULTURAL ACTIVITIES
- Activities related to on-farm production, preparation and marketing of field crops, fruits, vegetables, horticultural specialties, livestock and livestock products.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this Code, agricultural activities, if consistent with good agricultural practices and if conducted on farmland established prior to surrounding nonagricultural activities, are deemed reasonable and shall not be considered to be a nuisance or an interference with the comfortable enjoyment of life and property, unless the activity has a substantial adverse effect on the public health and safety, and provided that such activities are not being conducted in violation of any other provision of the Town Code.