New Kenai ordinance restricts livestock within city limits

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2000

KENAI (AP) -- Keeping livestock within the Kenai city limits will be sharply limited under a new ordinance based primarily on property size.

After considerable debate and several revisions, the Kenai City Council late Wednesday finally settled on 40,000 square feet as the minimum lot size needed to keep livestock.

That's down from the 1 1/4-acre size approved last month as the measure was being debated, but double the original size of 20,000 square feet. Forty-thousand square feet is just under one acre.

Livestock will be barred completely from the city's downtown and several residential areas under the new law, which takes effect Aug. 19.

The new ordinance prohibits the keeping of cows, horses, American bison, llamas, alpacas, sheep, swine, goats, mules, donkeys, ratites (ostriches, emus and cassowaries), ducks, geese, chickens, turkeys and rabbits. No animals raised solely for their fur will be allowed.

Any of those animals already on a nonqualifying lot may remain until they die or are disposed of. Conditional-use permits can be granted for such things as 4-H Club animals.

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