Chapter 17.16


17.16.010    Purpose.

17.16.020    Definition.

17.16.030    Performance criteria.

17.16.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this section is to:

A. Acknowledge the keeping of horses and other domesticated animals as a part of the rural way of life, which the comprehensive plan seeks to preserve.

B. Permit a use of the land that contributes to a high quality of life and contributes to the area’s semi-rural character.

C. Provide performance criteria under which domesticated animals can co-exist with residential development. (Ord. 20.M § 9.1, 1991)

17.16.020 Definition.

“Home animal agriculture” is defined as producing domesticated animals or their products for home use or consumption including breeding, growing, caring housing and product preparation where sales are incidental. Domesticated animals may include but not be limited to horses, cattle, sheep, goats, llama, rabbits, and poultry. (Ord. 20.W § 8, 2001: Ord. 20.M § 9.2, 1991)

17.16.030 Performance criteria.

Home animal agriculture shall be permitted in single-family residential zoning districts provided all of the following criteria are met:

A. A contiguous fenced area shall be available for horses and other hoofed animals and shall provide a minimum of ten thousand square feet in area for each of the first two animals and five thousand square feet for each additional animal. Less square footage may be permitted by the city if a city-approved stabling facility is provided.

B. Sheds, shelters or pens shall not be closer than twenty-five feet to any neighboring dwelling unit or place of business.

C. Sheds or shelters shall be kept free from rodents and shall be bedded daily with a fresh covering of straw, wood shavings or corn cobs.

D. Spillage and leftovers from feedings shall be removed and disposed of to prevent flies, rodents, and odors.

E. No animal sheds, shelters, pens or enclosures shall be kept within a one-hundred-foot radius of a well, nor shall they be located over a septic drainfield.

F. Drinking facilities shall have adequate overflow drainage to prevent saturation of surrounding soil.

G. In order to prevent insect and odor problems, manure must be collected on a regular basis at least once per week and placed in concrete or metal fly-proof containers. Manure must be removed from the premises at least once a week or spread as fertilizer upon cultivated ground or lawns unless the city determines that use as fertilizer causes insect or odor problems.

H. Pen fences, corral fences or similar enclosures must be of sufficient height and strength to retain animals.

I. The keeping of domestic animals shall conform to all regulations of local and state health authorities.

J. The area shall be landscaped to harmonize with the surrounding semi-rural residential character.

K. Domestic animals shall not be kept within fifty feet of any stream or water body, wetland, or environmentally sensitive area, and fencing shall be provided to prohibit animal access to these areas. Mature trees shall be preserved with fencing or other protective measures as required by the city.

L. Sanitary surfacing, such as wood chips, sand or gravel shall be placed on wet or muddy portions of the property used by domestic animals.

M. Upon reasonable request, properties housing domestic animals shall be subject to inspection by the city or other local and state health authorities.

N. For properties with domestic animals at the time of adoption of this division that do not meet the dimensional requirements of the above performance criteria, unless the city determines that the keeping of these animals is a nuisance or is not in the interest of the public health, safety and welfare, the existing use may continue. The burden of proof shall be on the landowner to show that the animals were housed on the property prior to adoption of this division. (Ord. 20.M § 9.3, 1991)