Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

February 21, 2013

Livestock rules stay put in city

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — Caring for larger animals inside Pauls Valley’s city limits versus the future of the town’s development, especially when it comes to housing.

These seems to be these two opposing views as the public discussion over the ownership of large livestock in local residential areas continued this week.

Listening to both sides of the issue Tuesday night were four members of the local Planning and Zoning Commission.

On one side local resident Larry Boone says keeping larger animals away from property located inside the city limits is a good step for the future of Pauls Valley’s growth and development.

A handful of other residents say animals like horses, cattle and pigs should continue to be allowed since there are city ordinances already in place that keep track of the animals and any complaints or potential nuisance situations.

“I’m talking about not wanting to have livestock in a single family residential zone; not in the city limits,” Boone said.

“My biggest concern is if we have a vacant lot a resident is faced with the possibility of large livestock animals being held adjacent to them,” he said.

“I think in any residential areas there should not be large livestock kept in these areas. You need to be able to move into Pauls Valley and be assured a large livestock won’t be in the lot next to you.

“I encourage growth and renewal of these areas.”

Charles Austin was one of several speakers offering their views with most making it clear they like the way it is now with livestock and ponies kept on some properties located within the local city limits.

Austin, who lives in the 400 block of South Garvin, keeps a couple of horses on a lot next to a home that’s been in his family since the early 1940s.

During that time Austin says there’s never been a problem with large animals being kept on the property.

“Over the years we’ve had livestock there one way or another,” Austin said.

“It never seemed to be a problem before. Here in 2013 there seems to be a problem. I don’t see why there’s a problem now,” he said.

Other speakers chimed in with stories of how most residents with larger livestock in the city limits take proper care of the animals and keep their property clean.

Commission members agreed no action is needed on the issue at this time.

“The city of Pauls Valley continues to regulate livestock brought into the city limits,” said David Assad.

“We have ordinances in place to deal with livestock and nuisances. There’s a process in place to determine if there’s a nuisance,” he said.

“There’s no proposed change right now,” Kevin Driskill said. “We wanted to get everyone’s opinion.”