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Miniature goats given city council approval

Council OKs goats to be kept in conventional residential zoning districts, greens fee discount at Kissing Tree Golf Club
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

San Marcos residents will soon be able to keep miniature goats in residential zoning districts after an ordinance received city council approval. 

The San Marcos City Council approved on first reading an ordinance allowing miniature goats to be kept in conventional residential zoning districts. 

The council approved the ordinance 5-2 with councilmembers Shane Scott and Melissa Derrick voting against it during the May 18 meeting. 

During discussion regarding the ordinance, Derrick inquired about how the city would enforce any goat-related noise complaints.

“One of the messages I got from a friend of mine who works on a farm but lives in the city was ‘nay, nay, they don’t make good neighbors’,” Derrick said. 

City Director of Neighborhood Enhancement Greg Carr said the noises would be handled like any other noise complaint. Any odors or nuisances caused by miniature goats in conventional residential zones would be handled by the city as well. “That’s why we require two goats and not just one,” Carr said. “You can’t have any more than two, you can’t have any less than two, and that’s because one goat will get lonely and be a little bit more noisier. So, hopefully that will prevent that some more.” 

The ordinance defines miniature goats as a Pygmy Goat, which is any goat that has been bred to attain a maximum shoulder height of 23 inches and a maximum weight of 70 pounds; or a Dwarf goat, which is any goat that has been bred to attain a maximum shoulder height of 23.5 inches and a maximum weight of 80 pounds.

The ordinance also states that no more or less than two goats may be kept on a premise zoned as a conventional residential district according to the city’s development code. 

The ordinance is set to return at the next council meeting for final approval. 

In other business, councilmembers approved a 10% greens fee discount to the Kissing Tree Golf Club for San Marcos residents. 

Prior to approval, Scott requested to amend the discount to 25% but eventually pulled the amendment. 

The council voted against postponing the item in order to allow time for Kissing Tree to discuss if the discounted amount could increase. Ultimately, the 10% discount to the Kissing Tree Golf Club for San Marcos residents was approved, 5-2, with Councilmembers Maxfield Baker and Derrick voting against. 

Councilmembers also voted to create a city council committee known as the COVID-19 Recovery Committee. Councilmembers Alyssa Garza, Baker and Scott were approved to serve on the committee. 

The city also approved an agreement with Enterprise Fleet Management Inc. to provide for the lease and maintenance of vehicles for the use by several city departments for a five-year period. As well as the purchase of miscellaneous equipment and maintenance. The total for lease and maintenance is estimated at $1,206,000. 

The council provided direction to staff to support the Military Order of the Purple Heart-Nation Purple Heart Trail Program and seek designation as a Purple Heart City on said trail. The discussion, which stems from a resolution from the city’s Veteran Affairs Advisory Committee, requests permission from the city council to seek designation as a “Purple Heart City;” annually proclaim August 7 as “National Purple Heart Day” in San Marcos.

The San Marcos City Council will meet again on Tuesday, June 1 with its work session meeting at 3 p.m. and regular meeting set for 6 p.m. 

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