Minimum one-acre zoning allows for traditional suburban type housing developments. Landowners who want to develop businesses such as you-pick crops, reception venues, or bed and breakfasts rely on the beauty of the countryside to promote their business. People who move from the city or suburbs to a housing development in the country might find living next to the noise and smells of a farm unpleasant, and conflicts have arisen between farmers and home owners. This has happened often enough that Right to Farm legislation has been passed. However, the farmer may still experience lawsuits and complaints from neighbors who didn’t know what to expect when they “moved to the country.”
Agriculture, Agritourism & Heritage Preservation
This task committee has been addressing the following Recommendations Directions from 2030:
- Align current policies and regulations to highlight and preserve the rural heritage of southern Kenton County.
- Modify regulations to accommodate the expanding range of modern agricultural activities in southern Kenton County.
- Continue to support efforts and determine additional programs needed to promote agriculture operations.
Questions on the 2016 survey are designed to gauge public opinions on the following initiatives. Agricultural Economy and Heritage Task Committee has identified two focal points for the county to help the Rural Area promote economic growth through agricultural opportunities:
- Enable Efficient Farm to Table Delivery:
- Bring in meat processing facilities, from a full-service plant to mobile United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) processing trailers, to bring local meat efficiently to local tables (none today).
- Set up a real-time exchange online, via the County Extension Office or County websites, to connect local producers and growers with local restaurants, food services, food processors, etc. in Greater Cincinnati Metro area (MSA).
- Align and simplify relevant regulations, from county to Kentucky to Federal, across the agricultural Region, including first-level Northern Kentucky counties, Boone/Kenton/Campbell, and second-level ones, Owen/Grant/Pendleton.
- Enable Economic Growth of Agritourism:
- Support a comprehensive 2030 agritourism plan to broaden economic opportunities and share our unique rural character and great outdoors with visitors, from our urban and suburban communities as well as the Greater Cincinnati Metro area (MSA) and beyond.
- Ensure collaboration with nature and watershed conservancies, parks, roads, and services.
- Coordinate and publicize regionally with other attractions (historic sites, museums, fairs, sports, entertainment, festivals, etc.)