Does the town have the right to shut me down?
I am an urban beekeeper and a gardener. My neighbor has cut down his bushes and can now see into my yard and see my hives. I got a letter from the city saying I am in violation of section 2.1 of the city ordiance and subject to a 300 dollar a day fine. The ordinace in question is a definition of agriculture and seems to encomapase everything you could possibly grow in your yard. It seems that if I am in violation of this then 50% percent of the city is in violation as most people have less than 5 acres and every other person either grows flowers, vegetables, fruits, or grapes. I have played phone tag with one women who says I am in violation, I plan to meet with the head of zoning to discuss this further... what are your thoughts.
Agriculture - the use of land, buildings or structures for agriculture and farming including floriculture, horticulture and viticulture; farming in all its branches and the cultivation and tillage of the soil; dairying; the production, cultivation, growing and harvesting of any agricultural, floricultural or horticultural commodities; the raising of livestock, the keeping and raising of poultry, swine, cattle and other domesticated animals used for food purposes, bees, fur-bearing animals; and any practices, included any forestry or lumbering operations performed by a farmer, who is hereby defined as one engaged in agriculture or farming as herein defined, or on a farm as an incident to or in conjunction with such farming operations, including preparations for market, delivery to storage or to market or to carriers for transportation to market, and the uses customarily accessory to the foregoing. (See Section 5.2 - a permitted use in all districts on parcels of five acres or more).
What would you do?