Project Title: Farmstay Ordinance Amendment Project
Case Number:  20ORD-00000-00011, 20ORD-00000-00012                                                        
Project Location: Countywide in Agriculture-II zoned areas
Assigned Staff and Division:

Corina Venegas, Long Range Planning Division

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New! County staff is in the process of preparing draft text amendments to the Land Use and Development Code (LUDC), Coastal Zoning Ordinance (Article II), and Uniform Rules.

The environmental review process is anticipated to commence in fall 2021. 

Farmstay Ordinance Amendment Virtual Workshops

Farmstays Virtual Workshop #2

On March 29, 2021, the County held a virtual workshop for the public to learn more about the launch of the County's Farmstays Ordinance Amendment project.

See below for a summary of workshop comments or to view a recording of the March 29, 2021 Farmstays Ordinance Amendment Virtual Workshop. 

View a recording of Workshop #2 – here

Workshop #2 – Summary of Comments - here

 

Farmstays Virtual Workshop #1

On January 21, 2021, the County held a virtual workshop for the public to learn more about the launch of the County's Farmstays Ordinance Amendment project.

See below for a summary of workshop comments or to view a recording of the January 21, 2021 Farmstays Ordinance Amendment Virtual Workshop.  

View a recording of Workshop #1 – here

Workshop #1 – Summary of Comments – here

Description

What is Being Proposed? Farmstays-image-1

The Farmstays Project specifically would allow farmstays on all AG-II properties in the Inland Area and Coastal Zone of the unincorporated county.

Under this proposal, farmstays would have the following parameters:

  • Located on a premises of 40 acres or larger
  • Farmstay operated within a principal one family dwelling, and/or new cottages, park trailers, or conversion of existing structure Maximum of 15 guests per night and accommodated in no more than six bedrooms
  • Food service only available to registered guests
  • Agricultural use is the principal activity on the premises

Timeline

  • Fall 2020/Winter 2021
             o Consultant selection
             o Initiate and conduct public outreach and workshops
    • Spring/Summer 2021
             o Agricultural Advisory Committee and Agricultural Preserve Advisory Committee meetings
             o Prepare project description (draft text amendments to the LUDC, Article II, and Uniform Rules)
    • Fall 2021
             o Prepare environmental document
             o Public review of environmental document
    • Winter 2022
               o Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors hearings
               o Commence Coastal Commission certification process (could take approximately 15 months to complete)

      Background

      The California Homestay Bill of 1999 paved the way for farmers and ranchers to offer overnight visits. This bill outlined regulations for farms offering overnight visits that exempted them from more stringent requirements that are typically associated with commercial restaurants. The bill expanded the definition of a "restricted food service transient occupancy establishment," also known as an "agricultural homestay" in the California Health and Safety Code (HSC, Section 113893). The HSC has since been amended, and this definition has been shortened to "restricted food service facility" with an additional agricultural homestay designation.  In order to be considered a restricted food service facility, the operation must: 

      1. Have not more than six guest rooms or accommodates not more than 15 guests.
      2. Provide overnight transient accommodations.
      3. Serve food only to its registered guests and serves meals at any time, and include the price of food in the price of the overnight transient occupancy accommodation.
      4. Ensure that lodging and meals are incidental and not the primary function of the agricultural homestay facility.
      5. Ensure that the agricultural homestay facility is located on, and is a part of, a farm, as defined in Section 52262 of the Food and Agricultural Code, that produces agricultural products as its primary source of income.

      Current Farmstay Ordinance

      Currently, farmstays are only allowed within the Gaviota Coast Plan Area on property zoned Agricultural II (AG-II) (See Attachment 2) with a Land Use Permit (LUP) or Coastal Development Permit (CDP), if: 

      • Located on a single lot of 40 acres or larger; only one per lot
      • Farmstay housed in a single permitted or nonconforming dwelling [no new structures]
      • Primary purpose of the Farmstay shall be the education of registered guests regarding the agricultural operation on the lot:

      • Farmstay is located on, and is part of, a farm or ranch operation that produces agricultural products, and the Farmstay operation:
      • Farmstay operation not incompliance with above standards may be allowed with CUP

      Documents

      Board Letter

      Staff Report Attachment 2 - Farmstay Definition and Section in LUDC


      Additional Information

      We welcome any ideas, comments, suggestions or questions you may have throughout all stages of this project. Please contact the Long Range Planning Division via email. Join our mailing list to receive information about upcoming activities regarding the Agricultural Farmstay Ordinance Amendment project.