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A proposed law that would reduce the acreage required for property owners in the Town of Holland to house farm animals has been approved by the Town Board pending a public hearing next month.

The change allows residents with as few as three acres to apply for a special use permit so that a horse or other farm animal could be kept on their property.

The move follows what Supervisor Michael Kasprzyk called a comprehensive review of the town’s code book.

“It’s a process we went through, page by page,” the supervisor explained. “We went through dozens of housekeeping changes in the code book as well.”

He said the required property-size adjustment was something real estate agents brought up, saying that it might help the sale of some properties hampered by the no farm animal rule. Several years ago, the board changed the minimum lot size in Holland to five acres, so the new local law would apply primarily to those pre-existing smaller properties between three and five acres.

In the past, the issue has been raised mainly by horse owners, but Kasprzyk said chickens and pigs would be covered under the new law as well.

Another proposed change in the code book would reduce the required width of parking spaces in the hamlet from 10 feet to nine. Representatives from a proposed Dollar General Store approached the board about the change last month. While investigating the matter, Kasprzyk said the board discovered parking spaces at the Town Hall are, in fact, spaced at nine feet, not 10, as the code requires.

A public hearing for the new local law will be held at 8 p.m. Sept. 11 in Town Hall.

Separately, the board approved plans for a 9,100-square-foot Dollar General store to be located on Route 16 in the general business district.