Domestic farm animals to be allowed in Spokane yards

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by MIKE GONZALEZ, JORDAN LONGACRE & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 25 at 11:52 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Domestic farm animals could soon be coming to more Spokane backyards. 

The City Council has approved a pair of urban agriculture ordinances, one of which would allow animals such as pigs, goats and chickens in Spokane yards.

The new ordinance passed 4-3.  Council President Ben Stuckart crafted the plan with the help of community members.

Dozens of people showed up to City Hall Monday night to testify in favor of the ordinance.  But not everyone thinks having pigs, goats and sheep in Spokane backyards is the brightest idea for the city.

"I think we have a complaint driven society,” said Spokane resident Tim Benn. “And if someone in the neighborhood is causing a problem, whatever that may be - as you saw here the ordinance for excessive odors and noise we already have…so if people are responsible, let’s let the neighborhood deal with it rather than government."

The ordinance included a size and number limit on the animals.  The new rules were set to take effect over the next couple months.

Meanwhile, the council also passed a related ordinance to allow community gardens in the city.  People would essentially be able to sell the vegetables grown in their backyard without having to pay taxes or have a business license.

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