CHAMPLAIN — Horses and travel trailers dominated a public hearing on a draft amended zoning code for the Town of Champlain earlier this week.
Approximately 25 people attended the session, which was held at the Champlain Town Office Complex. Town Supervisor Larry Barcomb asked comments be limited to five minutes.
Previously, the only code that concerned keeping of animals stated “no pigs or fowl shall be kept within 200 feet of any pre-existing neighboring residential property line except on land within an Agricultural District established by the Clinton County Legislature pursuant to the New York State Agricultural and Markets Law.”
The proposed amendment includes language that covers large animals, including horses and sheep, that states large farm animals may be kept for private or commercial use within any district as long as there is a minimum of 3 acres for the first animal and a half acre for each additional one.
Also, the animals must be housed and manure stored at least 100 feet from any property line.
Deidre Duffina said she has five horses but only 3 acres of property, so there is no way she could fence in enough space to meet the proposed requirements. She does use her father-in-law’s property next door for extra pasture.
“Are you telling me I have to sell four of these horses? That’s not going to happen,” she said.
Sam Trombley owns Win, Place and Show Farm on Hayford Road, which offers horse boarding, breeding, riding lessons and training. He said he can have anywhere from 20 to 30 horses at a time, but not all of them will remain on the farm.
Trombley said as long as he’s paying his taxes, he should be allowed to operate his business as he sees fit.
”I think somebody has way too much time on their hands,” he said.