Urban Ag Survey Results

A survey was distributed via email and Facebook June 27-July 7, 2017 to solicit feedback about having small livestock and commercial agriculture outside of agriculturally-zoned areas. Almost 700 community members took this survey! See detailed survey results HERE.

Generalized Results

Small Livestock

  •  Ninety percent of respondents thought small livestock should be allowed in urban or residential zones, either with restrictions (52%) or with no restrictions (38%).
  •  Top concerns related to small livestock in urban and residential zones were:
    • Sanitation
    • Smell
    • Noise
    • Stray/loose animals
  • Other concerns identified in participant comments include:
    • property values
    • wellbeing of animals
    • government intervention in private property use.
  • Over half of respondents strongly agreed that small livestock should be allowed in each of the following types of developments:
    • Urban residential lots (ex: Hamilton Acres, Aurora Subdivision)
    • Large rural zoned residential lots (ex: Farmers Loop area, Badger Road area, Ester area)
    • Commercial or industrial lots (ex: Airport Way corridor, Santa Claus Lane corridor, Van Horn Road corridor)
  • Over half of respondents strongly agreed or somewhat agreed that small livestock should be allowed in most areas, but only with restrictions/limitations.

Small-scale Commercial Agriculture

  •  Over 90% of respondents thought commercial agriculture should be allowed in urban or residential zones, either with restrictions (50%) or with no restrictions (43%).
  • Top concerns related to small-scale commercial agriculture were:
    • Use of pesticides/fertilizers
    • Noise from equipment
    • Bothersome hours of operation
    • On-site sales (bringing consumers to the site)
    • Increased delivery traffic
  • Other concerns identified in participant comments include:
    • Scale of agricultural operations
    • Property values
    • Enforcing existing codes
  • Over half of respondents strongly agreed that small livestock should be allowed in each of the following types of developments:
    • Urban residential lots (ex: Hamilton Acres, Aurora Subdivision)
    • Large rural zoned residential lots (ex: Farmers Loop area, Badger Road area, Ester area)
    • Commercial or industrial lots (ex: Airport Way corridor, Santa Claus Lane corridor, Van Horn Road corridor)
  • Over half of respondents strongly agreed or somewhat agreed that small-scale commercial agriculture should be allowed in most areas, but only with restrictions/limitations.