I have a question and not sure where to ask it, as to zoning, where and when it applies, and who it applies to. Iowa has zones in each city where a number of people live. You have Commercial, Industrial, Agriculture, Public and Residential. I was under the impression that if a town had a Residential area, thats were you build, or buy your home, raise your family and live your life. Agriculture and Industrial were out side of town or at the edge of town ( to keep noise, and livestock) away from family life in town/cities. Commercial was your down town area for shopping, am I right so far?
My question then is a problem we have here in our town/city. I live in a Residential area, houses, familys, lawns small gardens, flowers ect. Right in the middle of the residential area we have a farmer with his home and less than 2 acreas of ground which he runs as a farm here in the middle of town. He plants Corn/Beans, sprays it, uses every thing you would use on a big farm operation, combines it, has trucks, grain trailers, fuel tanks(which do not meet current codes) you name it like a big farm right here in the middle of town and residential area. Now, first why have zones if we let people like him do as they please? Is he Special and we have nothing to say or do about his small farm here in town? Can anything be done and if so where do we go to do it? We need some help here, If I and my neighbors wanted to live on a farm we would not have moved to a city. A city, town, lawns, flowers NOT a full farm operation for One Man, who with his vast out of town land holdings, can not possibly make anything off this very small piece of residential land. I can find nothing in the city records/codes or any paper work grandfathering him in on this piece of land, which on city maps is Residential. Hope you can answer my question, or tell me where to send my letter, or if anything can be done.