‘Agriculture needs latitude’ animal experts tell planning commission « Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah – Utah News

‘Agriculture needs latitude’ animal experts tell planning commission « Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah – Utah News

Commission told animal types, not how many, should be subject of ordinance 

Around 100 Tooele County residents listened as the county planning commission heard three presentations about animal farming.

The planning commission met to work on the county’s personal agriculture ordinance in a work session at Deseret Peak Complex on Wednesday night.

The meeting included presentations from the Utah Farm Bureau, the Utah Department of Agriculture, and the Tooele County Health Department. Public comment from the audience wasn’t included on the agenda.

Sterling Brown, Utah Farm Bureau vice president for public policy, told the planning commission that local ordinances that try to address a specific issue get into trouble because their vision is not broad enough.

“Agriculture needs latitude,” he said. “Not all acres are created equal and not all animals are created equal.”

Ordinances should dictate which animals are allowed, not how many, according to Brown.

Brown also said more often than not available water dictates the number of animals on a property, not the ordinance.

Familiar with most county ordinances regarding farming or ranching in the state, Brown pointed out that some ordinances don’t allow commercial livestock operations in what they define as residential estate zones.

“More and more in urban counties, we are seeing covenants, conditions and restrictions are used some times to limit animals,” Brown said.

He recommended grandfathering those operations already in existence when rewriting county ordinances.

Cody James, director of animal…

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