Its not often you see a 12-year old sitting with fingers-crossed, tense with anticipation, at a Saanich Council meeting,
but tonight marked the culmination of three-year battle for Jillian McCue.
Since the age of nine, the kid from Gordon Head has fought to keep kids of a different kind on her family’s property.
Now she’s gotten her wish.
Saanich Council has given the go-ahead to an 18-month pilot project allowing a limited number of people, including Jillian, to raise miniature goats in their backyards.
So was was she excited after such a long fight?
“yes, very much,” she said tonight.
In a unanimous decision, council accepted recommendations made by city staff that would allow the goats to graze on up to 10 properties zoned residential in the municipality.
Neighbours will have a say, anyone living within 50 meters of a subject property will be required to give written permission.
Demand to have the miniature goats isn’t exactly huge with only one other interested party coming forward,
but Jillian, dressed in an I Love Goats t-shirt, says she’s already picked out the ones she wants.
She plans to keep them as pets and have them do some grazing work.
“The goats I would be getting, I would be getting as soon as possible,” Jillian said.
“and that would be in three months.”
Under the pilot project, the miniature goats will need to be vaccinated, dehorned, have their hoofs trimmed regularly as well as have regular visits from a vet.
The sale of goat milk, meat and manure is not allowed.
Jillian’s father Rich McCue is no doubt a proud father tonight, if a little less enthusiastic about Council’s decision.
“I thought that Saanich might take long enough that Jillian would become a teenager and just move on,” he said with a smile.
“Yet they did it in time so it looks like we’ll be getting the miniature goats.”
The family has already started work on a structure to house what should be Jillian’s first new kids on the block.