Giving haunted hayrides wasn’t use of land for an agricultural purpose

October 24, 2016

  • 414 Zoning and Planning
  • 414V Construction, Operation, and Effect
  • 414V(C) Uses and Use Districts
  • 414V(C)1 In General
  • 414k1243 Agricultural uses, woodlands and rural zoning

10-24-16Haunted hayrides on farm property did not constitute use of land for an agricultural purpose, for purposes of statute prohibiting a township zoning commission, board of township trustees, or board of zoning appeals from prohibiting the use of land for any agricultural purposes;  even if owner’s original hay rides constituted an agricultural use of the property, addition of Halloween theme with shrieks and flashing lights was completely inconsistent with traditional agricultural activity.

Columbia Twp. Bd. of Zoning Appeals v. Otis, 663 N.E.2d 377 (Ohio App. 9 Dist., 1995)