Ridin' The Range
- Jun 17, 2022
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Thanks for the zoning info! I know how to build a house already, having remodeled multiple and building 2 additions on 2 houses. I also have family member and friends that can help.In Yelm the city line ended on the property line. Next door could keep livestock, our 5-acre piece couldn't. This was i Washington state. In Texas there is a special agriculture designation on property used for agriculture which significantly lowers your property taxes. But if that designation has lapsed because no livestock have been kept continuously on the property it takes 5 years of constant livestock keeping in 7 years to renew the AG designation. And the number of acres that qualify for the AG tax qualification varies greatly from county to county. In Wood County 5 acres with the appropriate number of animal units qualifies. In Travis County you need a minimum of 12 acres on the east side of IH35 and 20 acres on the west side. There can be a big difference in required acres to qualify for the AG designation. And beekeeping requires more acres due to the proliferations of bees which are considered a nuisance or danger. It doesn't cost anything to do your due diligence now before you begin shopping for your property.
And if you plan to build from scratch, start learning those skills now if you don't already have them. Reading up on building requirements and techniques puts you ahead of the game. Library books, U-tube videos, HGTV, DIY, and Magnolia channels can teach a lot. I learned a lot more building tricks from HGTV when I was laid up during chemo years ago. The more you know the more problems you can avoid. I always learn something new from DIY channels. Even if it is what not to do!
Enjoy your new adventure.