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Policy 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.

Background Information

State Utah
Jurisdiction Name Weber
Jurisdiction Type County,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Expressly allows something
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow; Make;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
No

Health-related goal?
Unclear

See reference to "health farm." § 108-21-6 (1)(h).

Environmental goal?
Yes

See reference to "agro-ecology." § 108-21-6 (1)(6).

Economic goal?
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.

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
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.

Includes definitions?
Yes

§ 101-1-7.

Addresses implementation?
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.

Enforcement provisions?
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.

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra 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.