There is a new law that was just passed in my neck of the woods. It is based on a new zoning format for small rural farms and neighborhoods. It does not change any "general agriculture" zoned farms, but a lot of areas around here have been switched to the new zoning. It seems a little complex, but boils down to placing new limits of the number of animals on these hobby farms. Under the new law animals are given farm units with 1 unit being 1000 pounds. A horse is by definition a minimum of 1 farm unit (not sure about minis). You can now have 1 farm unit per 3 acres of pasture. So a 10 acre field can now have 3 horses maximum (unless you also have a donkey, cow, pig etc... which takes up farm units). They claim it is to limit soil erosion and waste build up.
I personally like the idea. It would limit hoarders and placing too many horses on too small a lot, however the regulations are nonenforcable and too broad. As far as I can tell it is based on TOTAL acres, not those taken up by buildings or left wooded or used for crops. So a person could have a 30 acre property but only fence in 5 acres and still be able to have 10 horses on it.
So what are all of your opinions on this legislation? Good, bad, ugly? Better ideas??