There have been complaints about livestock in residential areas in Brownwood.
Because of the complaints, the city may change current zoning codes to prevent animals to be on properties within the city limits.
The smell, noise, and unsanitary runoff of livestock are all complaints people have voiced.
Right now, all animals are allowed as long as they are located on property of one acre or more.
The new zone will allow less animals within city limits.
"Which will allow people with larger tracks of property, that maybe are flood plain properties, or maybe properties adjacent to the outskirts of the city limits, and those that may have large utility districts, to allow those people to keep animals in the residential zone," Brownwood City Manager, Bobby Rountree said.
However, not everyone is on board with the proposed changes because their property could be devalued.
"You buy a piece of property, and then three months later, they're saying, 'Sorry, you can't do this anymore. We're going to take that away from you," property owner Rocky England said.
Rountree said options exist for those who will have to get rid of their animals.
"They can come in and work with the Planning and Zoning Commission and determine how long they can keep the animal before they do have to get rid of it," Rountree said.
This applies to animals like horses, goats, and sheep, not household pets.
Property owners can request their property be rezoned and have the $300 fee waived; however, the time frame to request a rezoning hasn't been decided.