Animal Ordinance Pondered

Mathews County is considering a zoning amendment requiring minimum acreage for horses and livestock on private property.
The amendment comes after an increase in instances where people have tried to raise horses and other livestock on very small parcels, which has caused problems with those properties and neighboring properties as well.
County officials say many other rural counties have ordinances requiring a minimum grazing area of one acre per horse.
Any regulation that may be enacted wouldn’t apply to people already in the county, as they would be grandfathered.