Milton has retained a consultant to research ways to improve city zoning regarding equestrian land uses. AJC FILE

Milton seeks ‘equestrian friendly’ zoning ordinance

The Milton City Council has approved paying a consultant $35,000 to research and develop an ordinance that would create – in the words of a staff report – “equestrian/agricultural friendly land use practices.”

The consultant, Tunnell, Spangler & Associates Inc., will seek residents’ comments through stakeholder meetings and work with the city’s Equestrian Committee on an ordinance to create a possible new zoning district, overlay or use permit, Community Development Director Parag Agrawal said in a report to the council.

The consultant will assess needs of the equine lifestyle, find gaps between the needs and existing zoning, identify suitable regulatory tools, report community feedback to the City Council and draft an ordinance for equestrian zoning, according to a city solicitation document. The process is expected to take 16 weeks.

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