Right to Farm Laws & Local Zoning Rules

    • Counties Prepare for New Farm Zoning Rules Posted on: Apr 8th, 2014

      Shenandoah Valley counties will lose much oversight over a range of commercial events and sales on local farms on July 1, when new state rules on agritourism zoning go into effect. Senate Bill 51, introduced in 2014 by state Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Stafford), passed both houses nearly unanimously and was signed by Governor McAuliffe in March, despite strong opposition from some of the top farm counties in the state, including Rockingham. The legislation bans restrictions on farm sales and…

    • 2013 Right to Farm Legislation Defeated Posted on: Feb 20th, 2014

      Shenandoah Valley Counties and SVN successfully opposed legislation before the 2013 General Assembly that would have eliminated local zoning control over farm and rural land uses. A bill to amend the state’s right to farm law died in the Senate Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee.

    • Local Farm Zoning Threatened Posted on: Feb 15th, 2014

      SVN opposes legislation before the 2014 General Assembly to eliminate local zoning control over on-farm sales and activities, specifically two identical bills on agritourism approved by both chambers.