For the first time approving backyard chickens, Commissioner JoAnn Birrell agreed with Ferguson’s request to allow four backyard chickens after visiting her in her home. The county staff recommended denial while admitting Ferguson’s request was not in response to any code enforcement complaints. The land use permit is good for one year when Ferguson can apply for renewal.
Also at that time, without having to pay another application fee, Ferguson can apply to have two dairy goats and two sheep - even though she does not have the required two acres but .7 acre. Ferguson told the commissioners that research shows farm animals can be beneficial to autistic children, helping them to develop social and communication skills. She said her 10-year-old son “loves” to be around farm animals.