Agricultural: Right to Farm

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Planning and Zoning for Animal Agriculture in Michigan: A Handbook for Local Governments Revisions and Updates

Planning and Zoning for Animal Agriculture in Michigan: A Handbook for Local Governments by Pat Norris, (the big green three-ring binder that was sent to each government unit in Michigan in 2000). It was updated by Bradley Neumann, Land Policy Educator in July 2009 and January 19, 2010.

Planning and Zoning for Animal Agriculture in Michigan: A Handbook for Local Governments Revisions and Updates

Who is protected from nuisance suits under the Right to Farm Act (RTFA) (May 5, 2009) and What sorts of local regulations are preempted by the Right to Farm Act (RTFA)

“Who is protected from nuisance suits under the Right to Farm Act (RTFA)” and “Who is protected from zoning regulation under the Right to Farm Act (RTFA)” are two decision tree tables to attempt to indicate when farming is protected from local zoning or nuisance suits under the RTFA. Both are combined into one PDF document. The format for both is a series of “yes”/“no” questions to determine local jurisdiction.

Who is protected from nuisance suits under the Right to Farm Act (RTFA) (May 5, 2009) and What sorts of local regulations are preempted by the Right to Farm Act (RTFA)

 

Who is protected from zoning regulation under the Right to Farm Act (RTFA)

A series of “yes”/“no” questions to determine local jurisdiction.
Who is protected from zoning regulation under the Right to Farm Act (RTFA)

Suggestions for Ordinances Allowing Backyard Poultry

Suggestions, or recommendation for community ordinances which allow poultry in residential settings. These suggestions do not mean or imply that such a provision in a local ordinance is allowed under the Right To Farm Act. Separate analysis on that issue will still need to be done.

Suggestions for Ordinances Allowing Backyard Poultry

Sample zoning for agriculture-like and urban agriculture

This MSU Extension publication is intended to be a starting point for local governments which are working on amending zoning to accommodate local food systems with urban agriculture, agriculture in category 4 sites, in communities of over 100,000 population, and agriculture-like land uses.  

The document reviews the jurisdiction issues concerning local regulation of agriculture and the Right to Farm Act, substantive due process, suggested local stakeholders to involve in the discussions, a sample zoning amendment text, and a listing of additional resources.  It is anticipated for any one community the sample will appear to be overwritten.  It is.  The intent was to write it for use in large cities and rural townships covering all those bases.  Intent is for a local government using the document to edit (mainly deleting) to craft a proposed zoning amendment for its own use.

We anticipate this new topic, for Michigan, will result in this publication to be likely to change and be updated. Please make sure your copy is dated September 1, 2016 or newer.

Sample zoning for agriculture-like and urban agriculture

Urban Livestock Workgroup - Recommendations Report To Director Jamie Clover Adams and State Senator Joe Hune

Urban Livestock Technical Group Report; Urban Livestock Technical Workgroup Guidelines which covers recommendations for practices (and zoning ordinance content) concerning urban agriculture soils; livestock health, housing, nutrition/feeding/forage, feed storage, slaughter, euthanasia; waste and manure management; runoff; fencing and trees; pest control (pesticide and other chemical drift).  The report reflects the thinking of faculty at Michigan State University and MSU Extension, specialists with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Detroit City Planner.

Urban Livestock Workgroup - Recommendations Report To Director Jamie Clover Adams and State Senator Joe Hune

When Urban Agriculture Meets Michigan’s Right To Farm Act: The Pig’s in the Parlor

A very complete and authorative peer reviewed law journal article on Right to Farm Act issues is available fromMichigan State Law Review (Norris, Patricia, Gary Taylor and Mark Wyckoff; “When Urban Agriculture Meets Michigan’s Right To Farm Act: The Big’s in the Parlor”; Michigan State Law Review; 2011:2 Mich St. L. Rev. 365).

When Urban Agriculture Meets Michigan’s Right To Farm Act: The Pig’s in the Parlor