The Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on
February 24 regarding the proposed text amendment on the
definition of agriculture as its pertains to forestry products.
Action was postponed due to concerns raised regarding the
proposed language and impacts upon property owners.
Two specific areas dealt with mulch and logging operations.
One question arose over the exclusion of “…the
manufacture, processing or storage of mulch…” from the
definition of agriculture. The
concern being farmers or land owners could not manufacture or
store mulch on their properties for their specific agricultural
uses. The revised text
now reads “…the manufacture, processing or storage of mulch
made from off-site materials or for commercial purposes…”
The second expressed concern dealt with the grading
and sorting of trees and logs cut during a timbering operation.
The original proposed text amendment would prevent the
importation of trees and logs from another site for sorting and
grading procedures as an agricultural use.
The intent of the amendment was to prohibit parcels from
becoming industrial operations where logs from a wide area are
brought to a site for grading, sorting and shipping.
Board members cited the scenario of multiple
contiguous properties, possibly with different owners,
being involved in a logging operation.
The original proposed amendment would have prevented the
use of one centralized site among the parcels undergoing active
logging for sorting, grading and loading.
Following consultation with County legal staff, the revised
proposal now states “…(d) the sorting and grading of logs and
trees except where the logs and trees are from on-site or from
The alteration would permit logs and trees to be
assembled on one parcel for grading, sorting and loading, if that
parcel is part of the ongoing logging operation.
A property may not be used for these purposes for a logging
operation, unless the parcel is located within a Commercial or
Industrial Zoning District, and the necessary authorization has
been obtained via special permit, special exception or site plan.
The reworded definition is
An ordinance for approval is
Commission Review and Recommendation:
Commission held a public hearing on
January 23, 2003
on this proposed text amendment and forwarded with a
recommendation for approval.