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Creating Horse Friendly Communities

Planning and zoning decisions can affect how land is taxed, what it may be used for, and which standards and regulations are applied to it.  These regulations determine not only whether individuals may keep horses on their own property, but also whether horses have access to community parks and trails. ELCR offers users the tools they need to understand land use planning, zoning ordinances, and their implications for horses and horse-related activities.  In this section you will find a primer on terms and processes, sample letters, and tools to support involvement in planning and zoning in your community.  Our website also provides tools for community planners to help them understand how to include horses and horse-related activities in their planning efforts.


1404236529_align-left Horse-Friendly Zoning Practices in American Communities

1404236529_align-left Planning and Zoning Guide For Horse Friendly Communities

1404236529_align-left Facing Rezoning with Horses

1404236529_align-left Advocating for Success: Protecting the Riverside Rancho Equestrian Community of Glendale, California

1404236529_align-leftA Look At Backyard Horsekeeping

1404236703_video Considering Land Issues Related to Small Property Horse Keeping – October 22, 2019

1404236529_align-leftOrganizing Your Community to Oppose a Proposed Development or Zoning Change

1404236529_align-leftSeven Steps to Influencing Zoning Change in Your Community

1404236529_align-leftSeven Steps to Influencing Horse-Friendly Planning for Horsemen

1404236529_align-leftSeven Steps to Planning for an Equestrian-Friendly Community for Community Leaders and Planners

1404236703_videoThe Basics of Planning & Zoning for Horse-Friendly Communities

1404236529_align-left A Jewel of the Pacific Northwest: Planning and Cooperation Benefit Both Government and Equestrians

1404236529_align-left Three Words Every Equestrian Should Know

1404236703_video Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late – Land Use Planning for Horsemen

1404236529_align-left Community Planning for Horses in the West

1404236529_align-leftThe Scoop on Poop

1404236529_align-left Local Planning and Zoning Practices Related to Equine Facilities

1404236529_align-leftMaryland Horse Council Save The Horse Farms Campaign

1404236529_align-leftCosts of Community Services

1404236529_align-left Open and Green

1404236529_align-leftHow Many Horses Can I Keep?

1404236529_align-left Driving to Save Horse Country

1404236529_align-leftThe Trail in the City – The Importance of Keeping Equestrian Trails and Facilities Close to Where We Live

Planning and Zoning

1404236529_align-leftDealing with Changing Development Patterns

Master Planning for Equestrian Facilities

1404236529_align-leftWorking with Parks for Equine Access-Master Plan Part 1

1404236529_align-leftWorking with Parks for Equine Access-Master Plan Illustrations – Part 2

Sustainable Community Growth Ideas

1404236529_align-left On the Right Track – How a Community Based Land Use Advocacy Organization is Making a Difference in Central Florida

1404236703_video Blending Land Conservation with New Community Development

1404236703_video Using Smart Growth to Create Equestrian-Friendly Communities

1404236529_align-left Rural Sprawl: Beyond the Edge

1404236529_align-left Community Based Organizations Working for Sustainable Land Use 

Agriculture Planning and Zoning

1404236529_align-leftAgriculture Districts

1404236703_video Agricultural Horse-Friendly Zoning

1404236703_video Protecting Horse Farms


1404236712_591256-linkWhat Horse Professionals Need to Know about Land Use


1404236703_video Stop the Sprawl: Basics of Land Use Planning Part 1

1404236703_video The Invisible Horse: Basics of Land Use Planning Part 2

1404236703_video Equestrian Planning Education Workshop: Tools and Strategies for Incorporating Horses into Community Planning

1404236703_video Chatahoochee Hills Transfer of Development Rights Program