Since land is saved locally, it is vital that horsemen understand the basics of planning and zoning and how this impacts horse keeping, breeding, competing and recreating, as well as equine related businesses in their communities, in order to retain access to horses and enjoy their benefits.
by Christine Hughes, AICP
Purpose of this Guide
Horsemen and community members must understand the planning and zoning process and learn to participate in order to include favorable equine language in plans and ordinances. Planning and zoning decisions can affect how land is taxed, what it may be used for, and which standards and regulations are applied to it. These regulations determine not only whether individuals may keep horses on their own property, but also whether horses have access to community parks and trails.
Ignoring the planning and zoning process will inevitably lead to lands and access lost to horsemen through poorly planned development and citizen’s unfamiliarity with livestock, agriculture and the benefits of open land.
Some people are excited about the community planning process. Those folks can be found serving on government planning committees and councils, and they virtually glow with anticipation when it’s time for the comprehensive plan to be developed or updated.
So why is it necessary to stick your nose in where ‘they’ know best?
Published January 2015
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