[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Wilton 12-5-1996 by L.L. No. 3-1996. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Zoning — See Ch. 129.
The Town Board of the Town of Wilton finds that farming is an essential activity within the Town of Wilton.
Farming, as defined herein, reinforces the special quality of life enjoyed by citizens, provides the visual benefit of open space and generates economic benefits and social well-being within the community. Therefore, the Town of Wilton emphasizes to newcomers that this Town encourages its agriculture practices and requests newcomers to be understanding of the necessary day-to-day operations.
It is the general purpose and intent of this chapter to maintain and preserve the rural tradition and character of the Town of Wilton, to permit the continuation of agricultural practices, to protect the existence and operation of farms and to encourage the initiation and expansion of farms and agricultural businesses.
For the purpose of reducing future conflicts between farmers and nonfarmers, it is necessary for notice to be given to future neighbors about the nature of agricultural practices.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES
- Includes all activities conducted on a farm necessary to the operation of a farm.
- Includes livestock, dairy, poultry, fur-bearing animal, aquaculture, apiculture, fruit, vegetable and field crop farms, plantations, orchards, nurseries, greenhouses or other similar operations used primarily for the raising of agricultural or horticultural commodities.
Farmers, as well as those employed, retained or otherwise authorized to act on behalf of farmers may lawfully engage in farming practices within the Town of Wilton at any and all such times and all such locations as are reasonably necessary to conduct the business of farming, provided that such practices are legal under the zoning ordinances and other laws and ordinances of the Town of Wilton and the State of New York. For any activity or operation, in determining the reasonableness of the time, place and methodology of such operation, due weight and consideration shall be given to both traditional customs and procedures in the farming industry as well as to advances resulting from increased knowledge and improved technologies.
The following notice shall be included in building permits, on plats of subdivisions submitted for approval pursuant to Town Law § 276 and on certificates of occupancy:
"This property may border a farm as defined in the Town of Wilton's Right to Farm Law. Residents should be aware that farmers have the right to undertake farm practices which may generate dust, odor, smoke, noise and vibration."