Zone: RH = high-density multifamily housing
Edited by nonseq - 7/13/10 at 10:03am
Well, I FINALLY recieved my notice of violation in the mail today. It SAYYYSSSS....
Zoning Classification: RH
You are hereby notified that an inspection of the above premises disclosed that you have violated one or more codes of Palm Beach County, Florida as follows
1)Table 4.A.3.A-Use matrix & 4.A.3.A.7 Unified Land Development Code
1) Uses not identified in a district column as permitted by right, by a Special Permit, or as a Conditional Use are not allowed in the District, unless otherwise expressly permitted by this Code. Farm animals in a residential zoning district is prohibited. Chickens and roosters on property.
Requirements for Correction
1) Cease allowing a use which is not permitted by right, by a Special Permit, or as a Conditional Use in this zoning district. Remove chickens and roosters from property.
Compliance Deadline: July 22, 2010
That is WORD FOR WORD exactly what the letter says. I left out the last paragraph about the court date and fines. Now, to start taking it apart *cracks knuckles*
FIRST after much searching and digging on their website I finally found the code table they speak of. Here is a Link
Page 11 is where the above quoted begins.
Farm animals in a residential zoning district is prohibited. Chickens and roosters on property.
Remove chickens and roosters from property.
These parts are not stated on the website. They were later added to the document I recieved.
Ref Pg. 17
Ths is where is begins to list the different kind of agriculture allowed in which zone. Well, which kind of agriculture am I? Not stated.
Also, I noted the first line of the letter states:
Zoning Classification: RH
After scouring the online document I have found no indication of a zone labeled "RH". Am I therefore led to believe "RH" does not exist and is not apart of the oridinances set thereforth?
To me this all seems kind of just thrown together. I am in no way an expert at reading documents as complicated as this (I sware they make it complicated on purpose to confuse us simpleminded folk) but it just doesn't state things clearly. In no way shape or form do I see anything at all that clearly states that I cannot keep chickens for one reason or another.
"RH" may be a catch-all zoning term; here we have R1 R2 R3 etc. and when defined together the term is RR. YMMV.
I searched the entire document. No reference to RH at all is made.
Id also like to add that I DO NOT fall under any of the definitions of agriculture. Bona Fide begins definition on page 27, number 3
I was wondering myself. I guess, judging from the date, we shall never know....