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Rib Mountain crafting ordinance to allow farm animals like chickens

Isak Dinesen
WAOW Television

An ordinance allowing Rib Mountain residents to keep farm animals is one step closer to coming true.

Wednesday, the plan commission met to make final edits to the draft ordinance.

As it stands, the ordinance will allow for residents to own chickens, ducks, pot belly pigs and other "low impact" animals. It does not allow for roosters or geese.

There can be no more than four animals on a property, but some exceptions can be made depending on the size of the lot.

While there have been concerns from commissioners in previous meetings, chair Jay Wittman said he believes they'll be able to adapt as needed.

"You never know what the future might bring and I think we need to be flexible and listen and observe to what our constituency says and adapt if necessary," he said.

Emily Ramthun, the resident who organized the initial petition, said she's happy with how the commission has considered the ordinance so far.

"I'm really excited to see it move forward to public comment in the coming weeks and really have the public's input in seeing how chickens are and would be beneficial to the town of Rib Mountain," she said.

The commission will hear final feedback from the public on the ordinance at the next meeting in November. They'll then make any amendments they see fit, and then recommend it to the board for approval.