Q: What steps can I take to protect my farm from being shut down?
My home is on 9 acres that is about to become completely surrounded on all sides by an upscale subdivision. At this point we only have poultry. In the near future, we will begin earning money with our land by selling produce and eggs, and by growing trees for a local landscaping company. I worry about: our open-use zoning changing, noise and smell complaints, eminent domain, and getting taxed out. What steps should I be taking to ensure we don't get shut down before we even get off the ground? Note: No homes have been built yet and we are not yet a legal farm. I have attempted to contact lawyers in my area but none of my inquiries have been answered.
A: A North Carolina attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. It could be difficult to predict what could happen when the surrounding area becomes developed. The attorneys who did not respond could be at a loss in terms of what to tell you in terms of preemptive actions you could take - they might feel as uncertain as you do. You might be able to consult with them in general terms regarding the legal issues you touched upon. Good luck
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