Township mayor supports backyard animals

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Published on: December 13, 2016

Recorder & Times / Wayne Lowrie / 12 December 2016

Mayor Joe Baptista wants residents to be allowed to keep such small farm animals as goats and chickens in the backyard of their homes in his Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands.

Baptista notes that the township is a rural one, yet an existing bylaw prohibits landowners on fewer than five acres from keeping farm animals.

He has asked council members to debate his idea of asking staff to come up with zoning changes to allow residents on small residential lots to keep pigs, goats and chickens, among others. The new rules could regulate the size, number and types of animals depending on the lot size he said.

Baptista said township staff should have no problem finding sample zoning rules from other municipalities because backyard animals have become a trend in North America.