Land use code changes could be coming to Boulder County soon. This could be a great thing for local farms.
The proposed land use code changes could possibly create season-extending structures, and more sources of revenue.
Local farmers were asked to provide input to the county earlier in 2018 to see what might be important issues to them.
The key aspect about changing land use codes is that anyone doing farming benefits from the change. It’s not specific to just one, or a small group of farmers.
It’s nice to see efforts made by the county to support and enhance local agriculture, especially in an area with so much emphasis on farm to table dining. Not to mention, the large number of people who like to access and utilize local farm products in their own home.
The new rules are favorable for hoop houses and high tunnels. These have low land impact, and help farmers extend the growing season.
The other proposed change would give farmers twice the number of “secondary land use” days. This would also increase revenue to local farmers. More people at these events, 150 (up from 99) is a bonus as well. The secondary use topic allows for non-agricultural events such as weddings, farm-to-table dinners, and other additional key uses.
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