Attempting to pre-empt Virginia’s freedom-to-farm law, residents in a York County community want local officials to ban agricultural activity in their neighborhood.

More than 130 Dandy residents have signed a petition asking the Board of Supervisors to ban commercial farming — a move to thwart state legislation restricting local government’s power to regulate agriculture and aquaculture.

With the state law taking effect Jan. 1, residents in the small suburb of Dandy on Tuesday are taking their case to the county board.

The Dandy initiative is modeled after new zoning rules in Seaford’s York Point, which prescribe “low density single-family residential development” where properties are “arranged and situated in a relatively compact subdivision setting.”

Virginia’s farm-freedom law – named after Fauquier County farmer Martha Boneta – restricts local governments’ ability to curb agricultural uses.

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