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Agricultural Support Enterprises

Orange County adopted a program known as “Agricultural Support Enterprises” (ASE) for the areas outside of the Rural Buffer in May 2014.  The purpose of the program is to expand the allowable activities farmers throughout Orange County’s planning jurisdiction can pursue in order to generate additional farm-related income and to potentially allow farming-support and farming-related uses in rural areas while minimizing any adverse impacts on adjoining property by applying special standards for specific activities and the development requirements in the County’s UDO for all projects.  By better enabling farmers to stay in the business of farming, the rural, farming heritage of Orange County will continue to be preserved.

Public Hearing

Public comments on the proposed amendments were heard by the Board of County Commissioners and Planning Board at the February 24, 2014 quarterly public hearing. 

Areas Within Rural Buffer

Applying the ASE concept in the Rural Buffer (see link below to the Future Land Use Map which shows the geographic area of the Rural Buffer) requires text amendments to the Joint Planning Area (JPA) Land Use Plan and Agreement. The Joint Public Hearing for these necessary text amendments was held on March 27, 2014.  As of January 2015, the Towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill continue to consider the proposed text amendments.