The Brevard County Petition is now online! 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 12:49:00 AM
We're gathering signatures on our petition to change Brevard County Code to allow traditional homesteading on residential property. Currently, we are limited to horticultural efforts and, if you are zoned Rural Residential like us, horses but no other small animals except for one poultry or fowl as long as it is not a rooster. Help us change code to something more reasonable for those of us who want to raise chickens for eggs or other purposes along with other small animals that help us maintain our property and live in a sustainable manner. You can sign the petition online at http://www.avidhomestead.com/communities/usa/florida/brevard-county/petition.aspx or find a local business with a paper petition you... read more
 

First 4-H Club Meeting 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 11:15:00 PM
We attended our first 4-H meeting this evening at the Brevard County Agricultural Extension Office for the Poultry, Livestock and Youth (P.L.A.Y.) Club. Everyone was very nice and welcomed us into the club. Before the meeting started Lydia was already off talking to several of the other youths and seemed to be making friends. We've never attended a 4-H Club meeting before and we were not sure of what to expect. The Club followed Parliamentary procedure with the youths holding the office positions as well as the assembly and the adults providing guidance on the processes or helped to formulate a clear wording of a motion. As motions were put on the table, such as the formation of a fundraising committee, the youths considered the motion... read more
 

Joined 4-H this morning 

Monday, October 31, 2011 8:35:00 AM
I enrolled our oldest daughter into the local 4-H club this morning, stopped by the Brevard County Extension Office to pay the $10.00 membership fee and started Lydia on the 4-H Sheep Project. 4-H meets the first Tuesday of the month and we'll try for tomorrow evening for Lydia's first meeting. To my surprise 4-H and the County Agricultural Extension has a far more robust program with a variety of classes. My first though of 4-H as a program for kids to learn about raising and showing their animals animals was way off. We'll be making good use of these programs in the future. read more
 

Meeting with Zoning and Code Enforcement 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 10:58:00 PM
I arrived a little early to my 2:00 PM appointment with the Brevard County Zoning Dept. Asst. Manager, the Code Enforcement Officer and her Supervisor in the Viera, FL government building. I did not expect a resolution to the violation but was hopeful there was a reasonable resolution available so we could keep our sheep. My game plan was to simply tell them the option to obtain a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) or get rid of the sheep was not acceptable and there must be other options we can explore. Once the immediate issue of the violation and the intent to keep the sheep was addressed I intended to shift gears and discuss the process to change the Code to permit traditional homesteading/urban farming. My preferred... read more
 

Requested a meeting to discuss the Violation and options 

Monday, October 17, 2011 12:42:00 PM

Thinking a face to face meeting with Brevard County Zoning Dept. and Code Enforcement will remove some of the 'just what can we do' fog.  Called the Brevard County Code Enforcement Officer, informed her that we were in receipt of the Notice of Violation and asked if she could set up this meeting for the following week. She agreed to coordinate the meeting but my phone's battery died right afterwards. Not long afterwards she called as a follow up to the meeting request and informed me that she had sent an email to Zoning to request the meeting and she'll call with the confirmation once she gets it.

Got the Notice today 

Saturday, October 15, 2011 12:34:00 PM

 

We picked up the Notice of Violation from the Post Office today. First opportunity since the girls got back in town.

Violations are as follows:

Section 62-1336, Brevard County Code
Unpermitted uses within Rural Residential (RR-1) Zoning Classification.

Section 62-1927, Brevard County Code
Animal Farm-Conditional Use Permit to keep farm animals/fowl other than AU zoning.

Specifically: Obtain a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to keep farm animals on the property or remove the farm animals from the property.

REVERSAL - Notice of Violation 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 11:48:00 PM

The Notice of Violation was created today.  Due to the nature of the previous complaints, we expected more so I had given my cell phone number to the code enforcement agent.   The agent informed me that even though our case was considered CLOSED and we were in COMPLIANCE, another complaint to the Planning and Zoning Office (her boss) initiated a REVERSAL.   We were now considered NON-COMPLIANT and would be receiving A NOTICE OF VIOLATION via certified mail.

CASE CLOSED - Compliance with Brevard County Code 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 10:57:00 AM
We had a good feeling after the inspecting code enforcement officer left our property.  The ANONYMOUS complaint stated that we had an inordinate amount of animals - sheep, goats, rabbits, etc.  The code enforcement officer found this NOT TO BE TRUE.   There were the PROPER number of animals per acre with all being healthy, well-cared for, with new cages or sheltering structures.  She took a couple of pictures to document the areas where the animals were as we were discussing the particulars of code as it applied to our RR-1 property (rural residential).   We discussed plans for a new chicken coop, whereupon we found out that our RR-1 zoning permits ONLY ONE CHICKEN!  A lengthy discussion ensued... read more
 

Code Enforcement Inspection 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 9:15:00 PM

Property inspection by Brevard County Code Enforcement today. Officer walked the property and took pictures of the sheep. Verbal determination that there is no violation.

Every neighborhood has one 

Monday, September 5, 2011 7:20:00 PM
While talking to several of my neighbors about the investigation by Brevard County Code Enforcement I was informed that an older man had come around to our neighbors and asked them to sign a petition against us back in March 2011 concerning the sheep. Several of our neighbors refused to sign and one told him that he might have to get some animals just because of this petition. Best guess is the person dropped the petition and took the anonymous complainer route. I can't tell you how nice it is to have great neighbors but I would have liked to known about this back in March. They all felt it better not to tell us for one reason or another and that it would just go away because the person seeking the petition is known for complaining... read more
 
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