The Planning Department has developed several model ordinances. Staff is available to work with your municipality to provide you with these examples or assist you in drafting regulations for your municipality:
In today’s agricultural world, many farmers need to have income other than their livestock and crops. Municipalities may need to consider how to allow business opportunities and agritourism activities on a farm without impacting the rural character of the community. With the increased demand for fresh local food, urban and rural areas need to consider provisions for non-commercial keeping of livestock, community gardens, farmers markets, and roadside stands. Many local ordinances are not prepared to deal with these issues. The following information will offer guidance and model regulations for use in regulation in your municipality. These documents were developed using input from industry associates, municipal ordinances in the county, and examples within and outside of the state.
- Accessory Agriculturally Related Enterprises - Model Ordinance
- Community Gardens - Model Ordinance
- Farmer's Markets - Model Ordinance
- Non-Commercial Keeping of Livestock/Beekeeping - Model Ordinance
Electronic Variable Message Signage
Sign types are constantly changing. Accompanying that change, municipalities must regulate signage to prevent distraction of motorists and deterioration of the landscape. A majority of the municipalities in Cumberland County have a sign ordinance, but few ordinances regulate the latest technology, which includes electronic variable message signs. This model ordinance was developed by the Cumberland County Planning Department using a variety of ordinances from municipalities in the county and around the state and from ordinances in other states. The model is intended to provide an overview of how electronic variable message signs could be regulated.
Alternative energy is quickly emerging in the county and some local ordinances are not prepared to deal with the associated issues. The following information will offer guidance and model regulations on outdoor wood-fired boilers, wind energy, and solar energy for use in regulation in your municipality. These documents were developed using input from industry associates, municipal ordinances in the county, and examples within and outside of the state.
Outdoor Wood-Fired Boilers