Zoning and Planning
The use of land for the keeping of horses and livestock has
become a topic of major concern in many areas of the United States. As
the available land in suburban areas becomes more precious and economic
pressures increase, there is a movement to replace pastureland and
stables with residential homes. And as many of the city dwellers move to
more rural areas, they begin to vocalize their concerns for having farm
animals as their “neighbors”. This vocalization turns to land use
disputes and reconsiderations for zoning.
Working with legal counsel on the compliances in select
communities which allow horses is becoming a greater challenge.
Understanding proper protocols for fencing, manure disposal, pasture
management, trail riding access and general horse care are all important
factors to consider in these issues. Compliance with the local
ordinances dealing with health related issues must be considered,
including access to waterways, and the crossing of waterways.
Issues associated with horses being an attractive nuisance
and trespassers may cause considerable issues for the urban horse owners
and potential liabilities. All of this raises the question, does the
horse owner, land owner have sufficient insurance to protect their
property and potential exposure?
Restrictions on the number of horses per acre need to be
understood and reasonable for the geographic area, along with the use of
the horses as a commercial business or private stable.
Odor, air pollution, noise, and uses all impact on the horse
owner in today’s society. Legislation needs to be pro-active working
together to protect the rights of all parties, for today and the future.
Hipsley & Associates is prepared to work with legal counsel or city law
makers in the preparation and enforcement of zoning codes dealing with
horses and livestock.
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