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Potential Changes to Livestock Zoning Laws in Two NEO Communities
In Broadview Heights, where residents are currently allowed to raise chickens and livestock, the future of livestock zoning laws seems less clear, as the current code leaves much to be desired by advocates and opponents alike. Under existing code, residents are not allowed to keep any animals, including livestock and poultry, in such a way that might create harsh and unpleasant odors or unsanitary conditions. Considering the ambiguity of this code, the Broadview Heights City Council’s Rules, Ordinances and Franchises Committee in August recommended limiting chickens to no more than six on lots measuring at least one acre. This proposal has been met with significant opposition from some residents who feel the committee failed to consult important stakeholders, including local experts and chicken owners. As of September, City Council has decided not to move forward with its proposed regulations and has instead passed the issue to the administration, frustrating many residents. More information can be found here.