Agricultural Advisory Board
As dictated by the Right to Farm Bylaw cited below, the Agricultural Advisory Board consists of five members appointed by the Board of Selectmen, at least three of whom will be representative of the Pepperell farming community, to stagged three-year terms. The Agricultural Advisory Board is the voice of and advocate for Pepperell's farming community before other Town Boards and Committees dealing with agricultural issues.
The Agricultural Advisory Board meets the second Wednesday of every month starting in February 2020 in Conference Room B.
The following Right to Farm Bylaw was adopted by Town Meeting in May 2006
Section III: Right to Farm Declaration
- The Town of Pepperell hereby recognizes and acknowledges the existence of a Right to Farm within the Town. The agricultural activities defined in Section II, above, may occur at times which include holidays and weekends, and may generate incidental noise, odor, dust, or fumes normally associated with generally accepted agricultural "best practices." It is the Town's policy that whatever impacts may be imposed upon others by the reasonable practice of agriculture (within the parameters established by the Zoning By-law, State statute, or regulations legally established by authorized Town, State, or Federal agencies) is more than offset by the benefits of farming to the neighborhood, to the community, and to society in general. In keeping with this policy, farming, as defined in this By-law, shall not be deemed to be a nuisance.
- Nothing in this Right to Farm By-law shall be deemed to authorize acquisition of any interest in land. Nothing in this By-law may authorize the imposition of any land use regulation, nor be construed in a manner contrary to State statute, legally implemented regulation, or the Pepperell Zoning By-law.
Section IV: Agricultural Advisory Board
- For the furtherance of the goals of this By-law, there is hereby established an Agricultural Advisory Board, to consist of five (5) members, appointed by the Board of Selectmen, at least three of whom shall be representative of the Pepperell farming community. The term of appointment shall be for three (3) years, timed to coincide with the Town's fiscal year. At the time said Board is first appointed, one member shall be appointed for one (1) year, two members for a term of two (2) years, an two members for a term of three (3) years; all subsequent appointments shall be made for terms of three (3) years.
- The Agricultural Advisory Board shall be authorized:
- To act as a spokesman for the Pepperell farming community
- To present written or oral testimony in the context of public hearings before any Town Board or Committee
- On its own initiative, to advise any Town Board or Committee on matters pertinent to the particular area of jurisdiction of that Board or Committee, insofar as the issue relates to the interests of agriculture
- To advise the Board of Selectmen and/or the Planning Board on any Town-wide issues relating to agriculture which, in the opinion of the Advisory Board, require a concerted Town action or response
- To respond to any request for information or advice from any Town Board or Committee
- To provide public information or public education services regarding agriculture and the practice of agriculture in Pepperell, or in general
- To serve, at the written request of any Town Officer, Board, or Committee, as an arbitrator or negotiator in the resolution of disputes relating to agricultural issues, provided that no order or decision on the particular matter in question has already been issued by any Town entity legally authorized to do so; and that any resulting decision or recommendation shall be strictly advisory, and shall have no legal standing or definitive nature beyond the voluntary agreement of the parties to abide by it
- The Agricultural Advisory Board, per se, is specifically not authorized:
- To acquire or hold property, real or personal
- To act as an agent or representative of any individual or entity in any matter pending before any Town or State agency
- To file warrant articles for Town Meeting, without the prior authorization of the Board of Selectmen
- To interfere with, litigate, or serve in any way as a conduit, agent, or forum for appeals relating to any decision made by a legally authorized Town Officer or agency
Section V: Severability
- In the event that any part of this By-law is, for any reason, held to be unconstitutional, invalid, or void by any court or agency of competent jurisdiction, it shall not be construed to affect the validity or the continuation and implementation of all other elements of this By-law