5-101.   It is the intent of the A District to preserve and protect agricultural resources on land which lies outside a city’s incorporated area.  While incorporated land may be zoned A, such classification should be done only where no other classification is appropriate.  The district is not intended to serve the homeowner who lives on a small suburban lot, but is designed to accommodate agricultural operations on substantial acreage.  Uses that might have nuisance characteristics, if intermingled in developed residential areas, are permitted on the basis that they are no more offensive than normal agricultural uses.


5-201.   In the A District no building, land or premises shall be used and no building or structure shall be hereafter erected or altered unless otherwise provided for in these regulations, except for the following uses:

a.    Single-family dwellings where the land is used or intended to be used only for agricultural purposes except that the tract on which the dwelling may be placed shall not be less than two (2) acres.

b.    Public parks and recreation areas.

c.    General agricultural operations.

d.    Golf courses, except miniature, pitch and putt golf courses, and driving tees operated for commercial purposes.

e.    Greenhouses, nurseries and garden centers.

f.     Stands for the sale, at retail, of agricultural products or commodities raised on the premises.

g.    Exploration and extraction of oil and natural gas on unincorporated land lying outside a designated Growth Area.


5-301.  In the A District the following uses are allowed upon the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit in accordance with the provisions of Article 26 of these regulations:

a.    Airports and heliports.

b.    Any public building or land used by any department of the city, county, state or federal government.

c.    Cemeteries, crematories or mausoleums.

d.    Churches and similar places of worship.

e.    Commercial agricultural product storage facilities (elevators) when no other business is operated in combination with said storage.

f.     Commercial development of natural resources and commercial extraction of raw materials such as rock, gravel and sand.

       At the time an application is made for a conditional use, the applicant shall submit a general plan for restoration of the area to be excavated or to be used in any way as part of the operations.  A conditional use permit shall be required for all new or expanded operations or reopening of previously abandoned operations.  Information to be submitted with the application includes the following:

1.    A plan showing the boundary of the entire tract, vehicular access routes and surfacing, prevailing wind directions, existing and proposed road rights-of-way, easements, water bodies, mining areas and proposed fencing.

2.    A general plan of operation, including blasting hours, removal plan and hours of operation.

3.    A plan showing the finished topography of the restored areas including grades and slopes.

4.    A plan, with timelines, for restoring the various excavation pits and overburden.  Such plan shall indicate vegetative cover to be used in restoration.

5.    A general description of the methods and materials proposed to provide for continuing future use.

g.    Exploration and extraction of oil and natural gas on land located within the corporate limits of cities or in designated Growth Areas.

h.    Kennels provided that:

1.    The minimum lot size shall be not less than ten (10) acres.

2.    No kennel buildings or runs shall be located nearer than seventy-five (75) feet to any property lines.

3.    All kennel runs or open areas shall be screened around such areas or at the property lines to prevent the distraction or excitement of the dogs.  Such screening may be mature, dense deciduous foliage, solid mason­ry, brick or stone wall, louvered wood, stockade or chain-link fence with aluminum strip intertwined or other equivalent fencing, providing an effective sight barrier to the dogs.

i.     Privately owned parks, playgrounds, or other outdoor recreational areas such as campgrounds, youth camps, gun clubs, and archery, trap and skeet ranges.

j.     Public or parochial schools, elementary, junior high, high schools and private schools with equivalent curriculum.

k.    Radio, telephone or television transmitters and towers, subject to additional regulations set out at Article 23.

l.     Salvage yards, subject to the following:

1.    The yard must be located at least three hundred (300) feet from the boundary of any residential district.

2.    The operation shall be conducted wholly within a noncombustible building or within an area completely surrounded on all sides by a fence or wall at least six and one-half (6 1/2) feet high.  The fence or wall, having a visual density of at least ninety (90) percent, shall be of uniform height, uniform texture and color, and shall be so maintained by the operator as to ensure maximum safety to the public and obscure the salvage material from view of the public.  The fence or wall shall be installed in such a manner as to retain all scrap, junk or other material within the yard. No salvage, scrap or other materials shall be piled or stacked higher than the top of the required fence or wall.

3.    No salvage material shall be loaded, unloaded or otherwise placed either temporarily or permanently outside the enclosed building, fence, or wall or within the public right-of-way.

4.    Burning of waste materials shall be permitted only in accordance with applicable laws and fire department regulations.

m.   Telephone exchange, electric substations, cable television, or similar public utilities.

n.    Theaters, motion picture, outdoor.

o.    Temporary uses or uses of a temporary nature, such as portable auto shredders and balers, or asphalt or concrete batch plants, subject to the following requirements:

1.    Said temporary use shall be located at least three hundred (300) feet from a residential district.

2.    The routing and movement of trucks or similar heavy vehicles which are necessary to the operation of said use shall be on streets, roads or highways designated by the applicable Governing Body as capable for carrying the loads imposed by such vehicles.

3.    Accumulation of trash, junk or other waste materials generated as part of such use shall be disposed of daily.

4.    The applicant shall demonstrate that satisfactory provisions have been made for fire protection, police protection, safety and site drainage.

5.    Upon termination of the temporary use, the site shall be cleared of improvements and debris not conforming with uses permitted in the A zoning district and the applicable Governing Body may re­quire a bond guaranteeing the removal of the improvements.

6.    Approval of a temporary use may be granted by the applicable Governing Body for up to twelve (12) consecutive months.  Upon conclusion of the twelve-month period, the applicable Governing Body may grant an extension, upon holding a public hearing, not to exceed twelve (12) additional consecutive months.  Should the applicable Governing Body deny an extension of time, the operation shall cease and the site be cleared of improvements and debris within ninety (90) days from the time of termination.

p.    Veterinarian clinic or animal hospital for large or small animals, including livestock.

q.    Municipal waste disposal sites, subject to all required governmental permitting and certification.

r.     Commercial wind energy conversion systems, but only when located upon A-zoned property within the zoning jurisdiction of Kearny County and further subject to the requirements for such systems under Article 19.


5-401.  Regulations relating to home occupations in the A District are set out in Article 20, at Section 20-12.


5-501.  Regulations relating to accessory uses in the A District are set out in Article 20, at Section 20-8 and Article 19.


5-601.  No non-agricultural building in the A District shall exceed thirty-five (35) feet in height, except as otherwise provided in Article 20.

5-602.  Front yard.

a.    Front yards on arterial and collector streets and unplatted tracts on local streets shall conform with the provisions of Article 20.

b.    There shall be a front yard having a depth of not less than thirty (30) feet or the established building line as defined in Article 3, except as required in a. above.

c.    Where lots have a double frontage, the required front yard shall be provided on both streets.

d.    Where a lot is located at the intersection of two (2) or more streets, there shall be a setback from the side street of the lot of one-half of the required front yard setback; except that, when lots have been platted facing said side street, the setback from the side street shall be no less than five (5) feet less than the required front yard setback of the lots platted on the side street.

e.    No non-agricultural accessory building shall project beyond the front building setback line of any lot.

5-603.  Side yard.  Except as otherwise provided in 5-602.d and in Article 20, there shall be a side yard of not less than eight feet (8’) on each side of a building.

5-604.  Rear yard.  Except as otherwise required in Article 20 there shall be a rear yard having a depth of not less than thirty feet (30’) or twenty (20) percent of the depth of the lot, whichever amount is smaller.

5-605.  Additional yard regulations are set out in Section 20-2.


5-701.  Sign regulations for the A District are set out in Article 27.


5-801.       Parking regulations for the A District are set out in Article 22.


5-901.  Following the effective date of these regulations, no parcel, lot or tract of land less than two (2) acres in area shall be zoned as A District.