A zoning hearing later this month will determine whether a horse may be kept on a residential property in Quarryville Borough.
Charlotte Costa, who owns 343 W. State St., wants a variance to allow a travel horse to be kept on the 1.8 acre property. A portion of the property is also in neighboring East Drumore Township. The property is zoned R-1 residential.
In her application for a variance, Costa says the property is being sold to a member of the Old Order Amish faith. She also says she has checked with neighbors and none oppose the idea.
"This is a new one for the borough," zoning officer Mark Deimler said last week. Quarryville's zoning ordinance allows horses to be kept in commercial and industrial districts. That is being done on the King farm on N. Lime St., which is in the industrial district.
To accommodate Amish residents, most townships in the Solanco School District allow up to two driving horses to be kept on a one-acre lot in a residential zone. Nearby Strasburg Township now allows up to two travel horses to be kept on a half-acre lot.
The issue has not come up in Quarryville before this request, Deimler said.
"I don't know how the board will rule," the zoning officer said. "If they apply the strict standards for a variance, it may not carry."
A similar case in Strasburg Borough some years ago ended up in court when the application was turned down and the court reversed that borough's zoning board because the Amish faith requires members to use horse-drawn carriages and buggies.
The hearing will be held in borough hall, 300 St. Catherine St., at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 25. The hearing is open to the public.