Council Seeks Feedback on Urban Livestock

Posted on January 10, 2018


The city council is seeking feedback from West Carrollton residents about their interest in changing existing zoning laws to allow small farm animals in residential neighborhoods, which are currently only permitted on agricultural property in the city.

The 5-question survey is available here.

Planning director Greg Gaines said the issue first arose during a building inspection last year which showed ducks being kept as pets in a residential neighborhood.

He said the planning department is aware of a small number of other residents who’ve expressed interest in changing the city’s current regulations to allow for chickens, bees or other animals.

The survey will be available until Jan. 24, 2018. Residents, without access to the internet, can call (937) 847-4634 to answer the questions by phone or request a mailed survey. Then the results will be compiled and presented to city council for further discussion.

There is also legislation, H.B. 175, currently pending before the Ohio state legislature that would preempt local zoning authority on the issue.

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For more information, call Greg Gaines, city planning director, at (937) 859-5184.

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