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Weber County, Utah, Code §§ 108-21-1 to 108-21-7 (current through Sept. 19, 2018)
Brief Summary
This chapter designates and sets certain standards for accessory "agri-tourism" activates and uses that are generally allowed on land used for a primary agricultural use such as a farm or market garden. The designated "agri-tourism" uses that are allowed vary by the type of primary agricultural land use and range from actives with a clear tourism nexus--such as farm museums and tours--to other categories such as u-pick operations, community supported agriculture and community gardens.
Legal Strategies
Expressly allows something.
Requires something, sets standards.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Grow, Make
State: Utah
Jurisdiction Type: County
Jurisdiction Name: Weber
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?
Unclear. See reference to "health farm." § 108-21-6 (1)(h).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Yes. See reference to "agro-ecology." § 108-21-6 (1)(6).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Yes. The law is primarily a mechanism to help support local farms. § 108-21-1 to -7. See e.g., references to generating supplementary farm income (§ 108-21-1); "economy"(§ 108-21-1); and "agri-tourism." § 108-21-2.
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?
Yes. "The purpose of this chapter is to provide support and economically feasible land use alternatives to local and enterprising farm owners who are devoted to their land and are committed to providing authentic, agriculturally related products and experiences to the public. Agriculture is a very important contributor to Utah's economy and, observably, an integral and indispensable part of Weber County's rich cultural heritage; therefore, it is the county's desire to create an environment in which agriculture is not only encouraged but can thrive. It is intended to benefit farm owners and the residents of Weber County through its ability to generate supplementary farm income while promoting the preservation of agricultural open space and significantly enhancing leisure, recreational, educational, and gastronomic opportunities for those in pursuit of such experiences in a rural farmland setting." § 108-21-1.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. § 101-1-7.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. These agencies have responsibility for conditional use permit applications: "Weber County Planning Division, Building Inspection Division, Engineering Division, and Sheriff's Office. Other review agencies may include the Weber-Morgan Health Department, Weber Fire District, Utah State University Cooperative Extension, and/or other various agencies." § 102-1-2. Other general administrative information is set forth in Chapter 1 of Title 102.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. "Imprisonment not exceeding 90 days;" "discontinuance of the use of any land, water, or building, the removal of any building, addition, or other structure, the discontinuance of any work being done, or any other act when such use or act is in violation of this Code." § 101-1-13.
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
Sections 108-21 to 108-21-7 are located in Part II - Land Use Code, Title 108 - Standards, CHAPTER 21 - Agri-Tourism. History: Ord. No. 2012-19, 12-18-2012; Ord. No. 2015-22 , Exh. A, 12-22-2015; Ord. No. 2018-6 , Exh. A, 5-8-2018.