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Fairview Family Fighting to Change Zoning Laws

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A family in Fairview is fighting to keep their chickens and goats, after township officials say zoning laws prohibit it. But the owners say the fight is not just about keeping their animals, it's about zoning laws being changed, so this won't happen to other families.

Andrew Pastor has a few acres of land and some chickens and two goats. He said his family uses the eggs from chickens each morning and milk from the goats everyday, to maintain a sustainable lifestyle.

Pastor said his family has had this property, and has been living a sustainable lifestyle since the 70s.

On April 23, the family received a letter from the township, saying they had two weeks to get rid of their animals because their zoning district, A-1 Rural, does not allow poultry and goats.

Pastor said he's hoping what he's doing will help change the zoning rules, so other families like his, that live sustainable lifestyles, don't have go through this.

"At this point in time, they seem very reasonable and it's very encouraging that they seem to want to work with us and they are aware that a lot of our neighbors want to live this way also," said Pastor. "We're trying to resolve this once and for all so no one else has to get these letters with callous demands giving a family two weeks to remove their pets."

Now Pastor said he and his family have received thousands of calls of supports. They even a Facebook page, and website, set up.

The Pastor's have a meeting with the township later this month, regarding a public hearing.

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