Family requests rezoning for miniature horses - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Family requests rezoning for miniature horses

(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) -

A Paragould family is a step closer to having their miniature horses living on their property as the city discussed an ordinance that would rezone their property from residential to agriculture. The property is located in the 3,000-block of Finch Road.

Currently, the Forkum family owns two miniature horses which are located at a different location. 

Earlier this month, the Paragould Planning Commission moved the Forkum family’s rezoning request to the city council by a 5-1 vote. The recommendation had the following stipulations:

  • No more than four miniature horses are to be on the property.
  • The horses must be located at the back of the structure on the property.
  • No other agriculture activity will be allowed.

In Monday night’s city council meeting, a couple of residents were in opposition of the rezoning, claiming having horses on the land near their property. The residents said they believed it would lower their property value if they were to try to sell the property to developers in the future.

Roger Colbert, the Forkum’s attorney, however, disagrees.

“The horses we are talking about are smaller than an average sized dog,” said Colbert. “The horses will not be barking and they will be fenced in. They will be controlled and there is a lot of property, a lot of acreage and woods that separate their property from my client's property.”

The council ultimately passed the rezoning request through its first reading with a 4-3 vote.

It is set to be on its second reading at the next city council meeting.

Copyright 2017 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Watch Region 8 News On Demand: On your Desktop | On your Mobile device

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • UPDATE: 17 dead, including 9 from one family in duck boat tragedy in Branson

    UPDATE: 17 dead, including 9 from one family in duck boat tragedy in Branson

    Thursday, July 19 2018 9:19 PM EDT2018-07-20 01:19:53 GMT
    Friday, July 20 2018 5:57 PM EDT2018-07-20 21:57:22 GMT
    An accident involving an amphibious boat was reported Thursday night at Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri. (Source: KY3 via Mandi Rogers)An accident involving an amphibious boat was reported Thursday night at Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri. (Source: KY3 via Mandi Rogers)

    Authorities say divers found six bodies Friday morning, bringing the death toll to 17, according to St. Louis television station KMOV.

    Authorities say divers found six bodies Friday morning, bringing the death toll to 17, according to St. Louis television station KMOV.

  • Semi truck overturns and kills Lepanto man

    Semi truck overturns and kills Lepanto man

    Friday, July 20 2018 8:21 AM EDT2018-07-20 12:21:36 GMT
    Friday, July 20 2018 5:51 PM EDT2018-07-20 21:51:19 GMT
    (Source: AP Graphics Bank)(Source: AP Graphics Bank)

    A semi-truck crash in New Madrid County, Missouri killed a Poinsett County man.

    A semi-truck crash in New Madrid County, Missouri killed a Poinsett County man.

  • 1 killed, 1 injured after SUV crashes into tree

    1 killed, 1 injured after SUV crashes into tree

    Friday, July 20 2018 7:45 AM EDT2018-07-20 11:45:14 GMT
    Friday, July 20 2018 5:21 PM EDT2018-07-20 21:21:28 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    Two juveniles were involved in a crash in White County early Thursday morning.

    Two juveniles were involved in a crash in White County early Thursday morning.

Powered by Frankly