[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Colts Neck 12-11-2002. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The right to farm is hereby recognized to exist in the Township of Colts Neck, subject to Chapter 102, Development Regulations, of the Code of the Township of Colts Neck. This right to farm includes the following generally accepted agricultural operations or practices:
Produce agricultural and horiticultural crops, trees and forest products, livestock, poultry and other commodities as described in the following Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) for agriculture (SIC codes 0111 - 0291), forestry and fishing (SIC codes 0811 - 0851) and trapping (SIC codes 0912 - 0971).
Package the agricultural output of the farm. Processing the agricultural output is permitted on commercial farms containing a minimum of 15 contiguous acres devoted to an agricultural activity.
Provide for the operation of a farm stand, temporary seasonal, in accordance with Chapter 102, Development Regulations.
Operate horse breeding, training and boarding facilities.
Replenish soil nutrients and improve soil tilth.
Control pests, predators and diseases of plants and animals.
Clear woodlands using open burning and other physical facilities for water and soil conservation and surface water control.
Conduct on-site disposal of organic agricultural waste and manure in accordance with the best management practices contained in a report entitled "On Farm Strategies to Protect Water Quality" prepared by the New Jersey Association of Conservation Districts in cooperation with the State Soil Conservation Committee, New Jersey Department of Agriculture and the Natural Resources Conservation Service U.S. Department of Agriculture, or approved equivalent.
Conduct agriculture-related educational and farm-based recreational activities provided that the activities are related to marketing the agricultural or horticultural output of the commercial farm;
Engage in any other agricultural activity as determined by the County or State Agriculture Development Committee and adopted by rule or regulation pursuant to the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act, P.L. 1968, that is also in accordance with Capter 102, Development Regulations, of the Code of the Township of Colts Neck.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:14B-1 et seq.
An additional purpose of this chapter is to promote a good neighbor policy by advising purchasers and users of property adjacent to or near commercial farms of accepted activities or practices associated with those neighboring farms. It is intended that, through mandatory disclosures, purchasers and users will better understand the impacts of living near agricultural operations and be prepared to accept attendant conditions as the natural result of living in or near land actively devoted to commercial agriculture in an Agricultural Development Area, meaning an area identified by a County Agriculture Development Board pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 4:1C-18 and certified by the State Agriculture Development Committee.
A copy of this ordinance shall be prominently posted at Town hall, local real estate offices and within the sales office at subdivision construction sites. A copy of this ordinance shall also be provided to each and every citizen who receives a building permit.