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Holland eases lot size restrictions for housing horses, chickens

The Holland Town Board has approved a local law that will ease restrictions on farm animal ownership for residents with smaller lot sizes.

Residents with three acres or more can now apply for a special-use permit to house horses or chickens on their property. Previously, homeowners needed at least five acres to apply for such a permit.

Supervisor Michael Kasprzyk said the new law does not specify how many animals the town will allow on a lot. That decision, he said, is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Residents with more than 10 acres are not required to seek a special-use permit for farm animals, while those with less than three acres are not allowed to have any on their property.