The Town will move to the next step regarding proposed changes to Town Code related to animals.
Town Council voted 5-2 Tuesday in favor of the proposed changes; Councilmembers also asked Town staff to further research provisions related to pot-bellied pigs and goats. (Those provisions will be presented at a later time, and will not be part of second reading.)
Town staff has been researching updates to Town Code related to animals since 2017. Following two open houses and initial public feedback, staff on March 6 presented its proposed changes to Council. The proposal covered dogs, cats, chickens and bees, as well as a recommendation to replace the current breed-specific ban with a two-tiered behavior-based system. During the March 6 meeting, Council directed staff to move forward with formal presentations (and related public hearings) on the topic.
The first of two formal public hearings was held during Council’s meeting April 17. Councilmembers voted 5-2 to proceed with a second formal public hearing on the topic. Councilmembers also asked staff to conduct additional research and evaluate options for provisions regarding pot-bellied pigs and goats.
The second public hearing on the original proposed changes is scheduled for Council’s meeting on May 1. Proposed provisions for pot-bellied pigs and goats will be discussed separately at a later date. Visit CRgov.com/animals to sign up for email updates.
As a home rule municipality, the Town of Castle Rock has its own set of laws and codes. It's prudent for a local government to take a look at its laws from time to time to ensure they are up to par with current legal best practices and local culture. That's why Town staff started this review.
Get details on the proposed changes and sign up for updates at CRgov.com/animals.