Once I find out the zoning of the Severn property, I’ll know for sure whether we can have livestock or not. Thus far things look hopeful, as the property has no HOA and is nearly 2 acres. I’m waiting to hear back from the seller’s realtor as to what the zoning actually is –  but that county seems much more friendly to livestock than our current county in general, doubtless because of its farm/hillbilly heritage, supplying food for the DC metropolis. There’s even a big feed store just four miles away, so I’m very hopeful!

The property has 1.9 acres, which is 2.12 animal units (40,000sf). According to county code, look at all the stuff I could have with just ONE animal unit:

2 horses or mules = 1 animal unit
2 head of cattle = 1 animal unit
4 ponies, burros, miniature horses, or donkeys = 1 animal unit
10 sheep or goats = 1 animal unit
8 swine = 1 animal unit
8 llamas = 1 animal unit
8 alpacas = 1 animal unit
Other animals, 2,000 pounds = 1 animal unit
32 chickens = 1 bird unit
16 ducks = 1 bird unit
8 turkeys = 1 bird unit
8 geese = 1 bird unit
1 ostrich = 1 bird unit
2 emus = 1 bird unit
Other fowl, 100 pounds = 1 bird unit

I may some day have a real homestead! I really must go brush up on my Laura Ingalls Wilder.

And you know what? Sofía’s gonna have a lot of friends in grade school if her mom owns a “petting zoo”, right?

2 Responses to “Zoning”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    so mix’um and match’um…poor sofia’s gonna learn how to shovel…

  2. Jill Says:

    You need 8 lamas and an ostrich.

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