I'll add that this sort of nonsense allows people who know nothing total control over those who do. I once spent 3 hours at zoning, arguing that a horse corral was NOT an accessory structure, limited to 1500 sq ft. Finally a supervisor was walking past, and he told the other guy that structures had roofs and it didn't apply to horse corrals.
Meanwhile, I cannot build a riding arena closer than 60 feet to the road. Why? Because accessory structure are not allowed within 60 feet. But a riding arena isn't even a corral - but I was told that both corrals and arenas "are considered" to be structures for zoning distances, even tho they do NOT meet the definition published in the code. It is "an internal memo" that spells it out...and if I don't like it, I have to hire a lawyer and sue the county.
At the same time I was there, a rancher was in trying to get permission to build a 400' long barbed wire fence to separate two different kinds of cattle. The county agent said he would need a survey done, along with an engineering plan. The following is a quote:
"I need to be able to conceptualize in my mind what this barbed wire fence will be like."
He wanted to see a plan with the number of T-posts, type of barbed wire, distances between posts, changes in elevations, how far apart the posts would be, etc.
I looked at the rancher, and he looked at me. He said, "OK, I'll get on it..." and walked out. Of course, he went and built the fence & the county be ****ed!
But what sort of idiot calls a riding arena - a flat spot with pipe fencing mostly around it, like a corral except the fencing doesn't go all the way around - an accessory structure, which is defined in the code as having a roof? A faceless bureaucrat can send a memo around, that we peons are not allowed access to, and redefine terms in the code, and our resource is to hire a lawyer to sue them? They have, in essence, total power since no normal person can afford the lawyer fees over a corral or riding area.
An arena is a corral, even if the fencing is only part way. A corral is an accessory structure for purposes of offsets, but it doesn't have a roof and they admit it isn't considered a structure for any other rule. Meanwhile, my property value has fallen 50%, but my property taxes only 10%, since they raised the rates to offset "their losses". Anyone want to bet that when values go up, they won't cut the rates?