BEACHWOOD PATCH - Legislation would Allow Goats, Sheep at Beachwood Homes


The Beachwood Planning and Zoning Commission referred to City Council two ordinances dealing with four-legged friends at Thursday's meeting.

One ordinance would allow residents to keep two goats or one sheep at homes on at least 1.1 acres of property. 

A Beachwood resident, who asked Beachwood Patch not to publish her name, asked City Council to allow goats in the city.

She said she would raise the goat for milk and to educate her children. She raises chickens, which are already allowed under the zoning code, for eggs and, occasionally, for slaughter.

The Commission has proposed that the code allow two goats because they had been told the animals are quieter in pairs. 

According to another city official who owns a farm, "One goat is constantly making noise because it's looking for a friend," said Commission Chairwoman Rochelle Hecht.

The code would not allow roosters. It would require that residents who want to raise goats notify neighbors within 500 feet of their home and that the commission hold a hearing for those neighbors.

The Commission recommended the ordinance to City Council in a 5-0 vote. Commissioners Bill Mann and Bryan Zabell were absent.