After being ordered to remove the cattle from their property in 2011, Windsor residents Clint and Erika Sattler will be able to bring them back after a Windsor Town Board decision Jan. 27.
Despite town staff and the Planning Commission recommending the board deny the couples’ request, the Windsor Town Board approved a conditional use grant by a vote of 4-2, allowing the Sattlers to have cows, goats, turkeys and chicken hens on their property, 1201 Stone Mountain Drive.
Board members Don Thompson and Ivan Adams voted to deny to the request.
Current E-1 zoning in town allows for horses, ponies, mules, donkeys and llamas on residential property. In addition, the request asked the board to consider allowing cattle, goats, turkeys and chicken hens.
He offered two likely scenarios of how he would use the seven “animal units” allowed on the 7.5-acre property, including: two horses, four cows and two goats or three horses, three cows, one goat, 12 chicken hens and two turkeys.
Sattler said the town ordered him to remove cattle he had on his property in 2011.
He said his daughter has a dairy allergy and is only able to eat raw dairy, so he’d like to have two goats on his property for the animals’ milk and also be able to keep enough chickens to provide enough eggs for his family to eat.
Chief Planner Scott Ballstadt said the town received numerous letters and photos from neighboring property owners, some expressing support and some citing concerns about loose animals, odors, flies and noise coming from the property.
Ballstadt also cited the Planning Commission’s recommendation on the request, which concluded that “Issues regarding the applicant’s animals getting loose, odors, flies and noise that have occurred in the past are likely to become long-term issues.”
More than 20 residents spoke during the public hearing, the majority of which were in support of the Sattlers’ request.
Board member Myles Baker asked why cattle were left out of the list of allowable animals in the E-1 zone district and Ballstadt said the current list has been that way for 20 years and the previous time it was reviewed by the town board, they decided to make no change.
Mayor John Vazquez said he thought the Sattlers had done what the board asked of them by submitting their conditional use grant application, and said he’d support the request and didn’t understand why there was the distinction between different types of large animals.
Thompson said he’d support the recommendation of the Planning Commission and town staff, and wouldn’t support the request.
Board member Kristie Melendez said she would support the request under the condition that if neighbors have issues, they can bring them to the board and the board can consider revoking the request.
Board member Jeremy Rose said he was a big animal fan and agreed it didn’t make sense to allow large animals like horses, but not cattle. However, he said he felt seven cattle would be excessive.
Before casting the 4-2 vote, the board put two conditions on the agreement: that the Sattlers not wean calves on their property and not allow any bulls on the property.