8 Tips for Leasing Land for Events

| 5/11/2017 3:44:00 PM

Tags: Land, Farm, Hosting Events,

Megan WildLeasing your land for outdoor events can be beneficial. Owning a farm means owning lots of land. For most of the year, your land is used to grow crops. When the growing season is over, it might not serve a purpose. What if you could do something with your land during the off season or during rotation, so you’re earning revenue instead?

Leasing your land for outdoor events could be a beneficial prospect. After all, Woodstock was held on a dairy farm, and that turned out mostly all right. With a little planning and foresight you can overcome the problems that Woodstock incurred and create a memorable and comfortable experience for guests.

There are many elements to consider when leasing your land for outdoor events, and the following tips will help you through the process.

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1. Make Sure You Have the Proper Permits

Depending on what type of event you want to host, you must make sure you obtain the proper permits. Without them, your event will be shut down immediately, which can lead to unhappy people and extreme embarrassment.

12/1/2017 2:42:33 PM

I own a farm in a very rural area, but also serve on the local Zoning Board. While your article paints a very pretty picture, the harsh reality is most Zoning Boards require landowners to obtain 'Special Use Permits' for such land-use income-generating events as you describe. First the landowner must pay a fee just to have their petition for Special Use Permit heard, usually three figures; in our town it's $300. You do NOT get a refund if your petition is denied! Special Use Permits are the most difficult landowner permit to obtain. Most town's ordinances on this specify the Special Use Permit cannot be used to facilitate the landowner having any financial gain from it. It's not difficult to grasp why towns would do this, but it is an extremely difficult & bureaucracy-fraught process. Another drawback to getting a Special Use Permit is when any town Board has a public hearing, abutters of the property petitioning for the permit have the right to be heard, to object to it. The overwhelming majority of the time abutters do NOT want to risk increased neighborhood traffic, esp in rural areas where such increase in traffic is quickly noticed. They also don't like the idea of strangers coming into their area. You may not be happy with my refuting your article, but it's unkind to forward what you have & then people have to learn the HARD way that what you propose is for all practical purposes, impossible. Before I became a Board member I believed landowners should be able to do with their land as they please, as long as it's not illegal and doesn't endanger anyone else. That was a naive, 'rose-colored glasses' perspective that isn't in keeping with the reality of zoning board ordinances and comprehensive town planning, however entrepenuerial it may be. I offer this respectfully, not meant to be an ad hominem attack on you or Grit.

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