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Goats and sheep are making a new home into a few communities in Cuyahoga County this year. Beachwood City Council voted 5-0 for an ordinance to allow farm animals on residential property on May 7, 2012. The new policy allows residents to keep goats and sheep on tracts larger than 1.1 acres with a conditional use permit. The passage of this legislation in May was the culmination of several meetings with city officials and community partners, including the FPC, to develop a set of responsible regulations that were a good fit for the Beachwood community. The policy requires that the property owner provide a plan for noise and odor control measures and vaccination records. The city will also send notification to neighbors within 500 feet of the proposed use. For more details about the new ordinance check out our Resources section for a copy of the legislation or these recent articles in the Beachwood Patch and Cleveland Jewish News.
Cleveland is also in the midst of a ruminant revolution with two new pilot projects, Mow Goats in Cleveland's Stockyards neighborhood led by the Stockyards, Clark-Fulton, Brooklyn Centre CDC, and Urban Shephards led by the Saint Clair-Superior Development Corporation. Mow Goats got final approval and a variance from Cleveland's Board of Zoning Appeals on Tuesday, May 29th to bring 4 goats to Cleveland as part of a pilot project to rotationally graze six lots in Stockyards as an alternative to maintaining vacant lots. You can get a chance to meet the goats - Clover, Buffy, Rosie, and Princess -at a Meet and Greet tomorrow, June 5th from 4 - 6 pm at West 61st Street and Frontier Avenue. For more information call Sasha at 216.961.9073 ext. 228
Over on Cleveland's east side a new herd of sheep will be grazing in Cleveland's Saint Clair-Superior neighborhood, a stone's throw from Lake Erie, east of Quay 55. A flock of a dozen sheep plus one protective llama will be grazing in Cleveland through October. With support from Saint Clair Superior Development Corporation, Spicy Lamb Farm, A&B Ranch in Newark, Miller Farms in Homes County, Saint Martin De Porres High School, local residents and Charter One's Growing Communities program, the project is looking at the feasibility of using sheep to maintain vacant parcels in the city. Check out this recent articles in the Plain Dealer for more info.