RAYTOWN, Mo. — Leaders are considering opening the community and allowing homeowners to keep miniature goats inside Raytown city limits.

If approved people living in single-family homes would be allowed to own the goats.

Each property would also need to provide the required area to allow the miniature goats room to roam. The proposed ordinance would require one acre of open roaming space for every two goats. Residents and approved businesses would be allowed to have a total of four goats on their property.

The area would also be required to be fenced, using an approved type of material, so the goats could not climb out of the area.

The animals must be less than 29 inches tall at the shoulder and be a Pygmy, Nigerian Dwarf, Kinder, or Pygora breed. Goats seven months and older would be required to be neutered.

The city is allowing residents to share their comments through Thursday, June 30.

Email your thoughts to Chris Gilbert with “Miniature Goats” in the subject line. You can also mail your written comments to the city’s planning & zoning commission, or drop off your written comments at Raytown City Hall during normal business hours.

All public comments will be presented to the Planning & Zoning Commission during its July 7 monthly meeting.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated. The original report stated the city was also considering allowing places of worship, businesses and museums to have miniature goats. The city said it is only considering allowing residents in single-family homes to own the animals at this point.

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