40.240.130 Agricultural Buffer Zones in the General Management Area

All new buildings shall comply with the setbacks in Table 40.240.130-1 when proposed to be located on a parcel adjacent to lands zoned Gorge Large-Scale or Small-Scale Agriculture and which are currently used for or are suitable for agricultural use:

A.    Setback Guidelines.

Table 40.240.130-1. Type of Buffer (Feet from Property Line of Adjacent Agricultural Parcel)

Existing Type of Agriculture

Open or Fenced

Natural or Created Vegetation Barrier

8-Foot Berm or Terrain Barrier

Orchards

250'

100'

75'

Row crops/vegetables

300'

100'

75'

Livestock grazing, pasture, haying

100'

15'

20'

Grains

200'

75'

50'

Berries, vineyards

150'

50'

30'

Other

100'

50'

30'

B.    Earth berms may be used to satisfy, in part, the setback guidelines. Berms shall be a minimum of eight (8) feet in height, and contoured at three to one (3:1) slopes to look natural. Shrubs, trees and/or grasses shall be planted on the berm to control erosion and achieve a finished height of fifteen (15) feet.

C.    The planting of a continuous vegetative screen may be used to satisfy, in part, the setback guidelines. Trees shall be at least six (6) feet high when planted and reach an ultimate height of at least fifteen (15) feet. The vegetation screen shall be planted along the appropriate parcel line(s), and be continuous.

D.    The necessary berming and/or planting must be completed during the first phase of development and maintained in good condition.

E.    If several crops or crop rotation is involved in the adjacent operation, the greater setback shall apply.

F.    A variance to buffer setbacks may be granted upon a demonstration that the guidelines of Section 40.240.150 have been satisfied.

(Amended: Ord. 2006-05-04)