Town of Lansing, NY
Tompkins County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Lansing 4-23-1997 by L.L. No. 2-1997. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Town Board of the Town of Lansing finds that farming is an essential activity within the Town of Lansing.
Farming, as defined herein, reinforces the special quality of life enjoyed by residents of the Town, provides the visual benefit of open space and generates economic benefits and social well-being within the community. Therefore, the Town of Lansing emphasizes to newcomers and nonfarmers that this Town encourages agriculture and requests newcomers and nonfarmers to be understanding of the nature of 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 Lansing 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 important that notice be given to future neighbors about the nature of agricultural practices.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
Includes all activities conducted on a farm, necessary to the operation of a farm.
Includes livestock, dairy, poultry, fur-bearing animal, aquaculture, 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 Lansing at any and all such times and all such locations as are reasonably necessary to conduct the business of farming. 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, special permits, permits issued in site plan review and in any other situation where a permit is required to be issued by the Town of Lansing and on plats of subdivisions submitted for approval pursuant to Town Law § 276 and the Chapter 235, Subdivision of Land, of the Code of the Town of Lansing, New York.
"This property may border a farm, as defined in Town of Lansing Local Law No. 2 of the year 1997, a local law known as the Right to Farm Law. Residents should be aware that farmers have the right to undertake good or acceptable farm practices which may generate dust, odor, smoke, noise and vibration."
If any part of this chapter for any reason is held to be unconstitutional or invalid, such decision shall not affect the remainder of this chapter.
Nothing contained herein shall be construed as being inconsistent with any other local law, ordinance, rule or regulation of the Town of Lansing, the intention of this chapter being to supplement and complement other local laws, ordinances, rules or regulations.