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Old 02-11-2009, 10:58 AM
 
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Default Zoned for Agricultural land...

Does that mean I have to build an "agricultural" business on it? I am planning to build a residential home and was wondering if I can just build a residential home without agriculture on the land... Are there other restrictions on this type of zoning?
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Old 02-11-2009, 11:08 AM
 
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Check with your county.

Every county will have different requirements for what you can do with various zoning classifications. Anything you read here may or may not be the same as your county.
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Old 02-11-2009, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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I'm with BIgTrees. You need to check your county restrictions and definitions. If you were in Oregon you could build one house, but you would have to produce something on the land in order to get the tax deferral that we have here for farm land. If you don't farm, then the deferral goes away and all of the previous deferred taxes are due which can be tens of thousands of dollars...

Call your local county and talk with the zoning folks. They will tell you what you can and can't do on the land...
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Old 02-11-2009, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Tetons, WY
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Just put goats on it! Automatic lawnmower!
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Old 02-11-2009, 01:27 PM
 
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I called up the zoning department and they say it doesn't matter.. you can build a home on it regardless of whether it is residential or agricultural zone... my question would be... does that mean I pay less taxes with agricultural zoned land then?
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Old 02-11-2009, 01:36 PM
 
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"zoned agriculture" can have different meanings

Taxes and zoning are 2 different issues.

Where I am , the zoning classifications are A-10--------A-20-------A-40--------and A-80.

What that means is the land zoned"Agriculture" can only have one residence per the acre number following the "A" and it varies by townships.

ZONING has nothing to do if you are going to actually farm it or not. (where I live)
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Old 02-11-2009, 01:38 PM
 
Location: South Dakota
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I called up the zoning department and they say it doesn't matter.. you can build a home on it regardless of whether it is residential or agricultural zone... my question would be... does that mean I pay less taxes with agricultural zoned land then?
Again, that depends on your state and local taxing rules. Where I'm from you can build a residence in an ag zoned district, but the real estate not used for your residence will not qualify for ag taxation unless certain minimum ag criteria [numbers of acres, productivity, use, etc.] are met. And, in any case, residences are all taxed the same whether in ag or non-ag locations - for the simple reason that residences are residences and people use them to live in whether in or out of town.

It's all local...check with your taxing and zoning authorities.

Last edited by windtimber; 02-11-2009 at 01:39 PM.. Reason: Typo.
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