A Paris property owner is asking the Paris Board of Aldermen to approve rezoning nearly 25 acres from residential to agricultural use.
Quentin Aschenfelter wants to build a four-bedroom, one-and-half-bath house on the property, and have the flexibility to have more chickens than city ordinances allow, and to have goats for his daughters to raise for 4-H competitions.
Aschenfelter and his wife, Ashley, have three daughters, Lorelei, 4; Emma, 8; and Kennedy, 10. They want them to appreciate and understand animals, and rural life.
As soon as people learned of the zoning applications, there were rumors about the intended use — rumors that the Aschenfelters want to quash.
Standing in the open field where they plan to build the house, Quentin points to the seclusion of the property, which has an open area and is tree-lined. It is the perfect spot to raise their family, he said.
"We plan to build … with metal siding with stone on the front," he said. "It is more of a ranch style home, plus a shop of some sort a garage."
His daughters are active in 4-H and he wants to give them the opportunity to expand their experiences.
"They (his daughters) plan to do a goat project and we cannot have goats in residential zoning. I want to tach my kids to raise a calf," he said.
As for the rumors?
"Absolutely no pigs, no big barns, no chicken barns," he said. "Nothing just a yard for my own family, and (maybe) a cow to butcher for our own benefit. That would be it."
As she walked around the property, Kennedy was excited about the prospects of raising goats and even increasing her egg business. Kennedy sells fresh eggs, which she told a visitor were much better than store-bought eggs.
"They just gross me out," she said of store-bought eggs.
The rezoning application appeared before the Tuesday meeting of the Paris Zoning Commission, which met after the Salt River Journal’s deadline. The issue is expected to be the Paris Board of Aldermen agenda on May 2. Residents may speak during the Public Comments portion of the agenda.