City council to discuss non-domestic animal ordinance

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Will have second reading on amendment to allow distillery

By Ashley Sutter

The Shelbyville City Council isn’t quite ready to present their garbage Requests for Proposals [RFPs] to the public yet.

However, Mayor Tom Hardesty said those proposals would be on the agenda next month. The council’s next regularly scheduled meeting is July 3.

But for the council’s special called meeting this week, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at city hall, 315 Washington Street, the council will discuss the non-domestic animals ordinance.

Previously, the ordinance stated that all non-domestic animals must be kept in a pen or fenced area and a least 100-feet from a property line.

The amendment was originally created because people were keeping farm animals like pigs and goats in their backyards.

But the council will discuss an amendment to the ordinance for property zoned agricultural.

This comes just a few weeks after Bruce Nethery told the council during a meeting that his family planned to have buffalo at their farm on Gordon Lane, which will also house the Rut N Strut distillery.

As proposed, properties that exist as agricultural under the nonconforming use provisions of the zoning regulations set by the city will also be exempt from the 100-foot limitation.  However, if these properties are connected to a property zoned residential, they will have to have an existing fence in place as of the last day of the month or they will be bound to the 100-foot set-back.

Hardesty said nothing is set in stone yet.

“It is a draft for a first reading and it could be changed or modified,” he said.


Also at the meeting, the council will:

Hear a second reading on the 2013-2014 budget amendments.

Hear a second reading on text amendments to the zoning regulations that allow for a distillery on property zoned agricultural with at least 25 acres or more.