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Christiansburg, Va., Code § 42-663 (current through Sept. 13, 2017)
Brief Summary
This section establishes standards for chicken and beekeeping and requires a permit for the same that allows up to six chicken hens or chicks and no more than two beehive stands in association with one single-family residence, per parcel in town as an allowed by right urban agriculture use. It also specifically provides that the keeping of a garden for the production of fruit or vegetables shall not require an urban agriculture zoning permit and shall be allowed by right in all zoning districts.
Legal Strategies
Requires something, sets standards.
Expressly allows something.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Grow, Get
State: Virginia
Jurisdiction Type: Township
Jurisdiction Name: Christiansburg
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. See references to these words: "clean and sanitary," "protection of the public health," "fruit or vegetables." § 42-663.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
No.
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. § 42-1.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. The zoning administrator is to review site drawing and management plans. §. 42-663.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. Revocation of urban agriculture zoning permit. § 42-663. See also, § 42-14 regarding general enforcement provisions for the chapter.
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
No.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
Code context and ordinance history
Christiansburg, Virginia - Code of Ordinances, Chapter 42 - ZONING ARTICLE XXII. - MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS ,Sec. 42-663. - Urban agriculture; zoning permit required. History: Ord. No. 2016-1, 2-23-2016.