Town of Fairhaven, MA
Bristol County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Annual Town Meeting of the Town of Fairhaven 5-2-2009 by Art. 32. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Right to farm — See Ch. 155.
There is hereby established an Agricultural Commission consisting of five members appointed by the Board of Selectmen. The initial term of two members shall be three years, of two members shall be two years, and of one member shall be one year.
After the initial term, the term of a member shall be three years.
One associate member may be appointed by the Board of Selectmen. The term of the associate member shall be one year.
Members and the associate member must be residents of the Town of Fairhaven.
The Board of Selectmen shall fill a vacancy based on the unexpired term of the vacancy in order to maintain the cycle of appointments.
Members and the associate member should: represent the Town geographically, represent the diversity and scale of agricultural businesses, represent the diversity of the Town's population, and encourage next-generation farmers. The overall intent is to be inclusive not exclusive.
The Board of Selectmen may remove a member for cause.
The Agricultural Commission shall serve as a facilitator and advocate for encouraging the pursuit of farming and agriculture in the Town of Fairhaven, shall promote agricultural-based economic opportunities in the Town, shall provide dispute-resolution services, shall work with Town officials and boards to promote and protect agricultural interests and enforce the Right to Farm Bylaw, Chapter 155.
The Agricultural Commission shall not meet or conduct business without the presence of a quorum. A majority of the members of the Agricultural Commission shall constitute quorum.
The Agricultural Commission shall approve its actions by majority vote.
This chapter may be amended from time to time by a majority vote of the Town Meeting, provided that the amendments are not in conflict with the Massachusetts General Laws.
In case any section, paragraph or part of this chapter is for any reason declared invalid or unconstitutional by any court of last resort, every other section, paragraph or part shall continue in full force and effect.