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    Chickens in residential districts

    We have recently received a request for a text amendment that would permit chickens in residential districts. I was curious see if any other counties, cities, or villages had this as a permitted use. If so, what type of restrictions are attached to the use? Is it permitted per district? A special use? Please let me know if you have any information on this topic.

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    What type of residential district? We allow them in our Rural Residential District, which requires a 2 acre minimum lot size. No "farm" animals or live stock of any kind in any other residential district.

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    We set the standard at 4-acres. Further, in the residetial zones, they require a special use through the BZA. They are a permitted use in the 3 ag districts we have. To clarify things, I'm the director for a county building and planning department in Metro Indianapolis. We deal with both advancing residential development as well as rural/agricultural issues.
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    foghorn leghorn notwithstanding

    wow - i am just now dealing with a rooster problem. an area with 2 acre zoning has a neighbor dispute about a really loud rooster -

    but the keeping of fowl is one of many classic new england traditions so i'm not sure i could pass a zoning ordinance restricting them somehow

    so when you permit chickens, remember they come with roosters

    and also peacocks are really loud and also a current fad for pets

    and they pay us to do this, isn't it great?

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    Winterbagel County?! That's not far from my old stomping grounds.

    If you consider that people are allowed to have dogs, cats, parrots, and many other kinds of animals, then what is the difference between a them and a chicken? I had a great uncle who used to keep pigeons. In my mind, it is not a question of whether they should be permitted, but how many and under what conditions. A large chicken coop does begin to smell. Perhaps you can come up with a formula related to lot size. Sorry I do not have any examples for you.
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    Mad City Chickens.

    Don't know why I remember this, but Madison Wisconsin contemplated permitting chickens in residential neighborhoods. It generated a lot of articles. The group that started it was this:

    http://madcitychickens.com/

    It has a simplified list of what Madison allows for keeping chickens. Note the no rooster clause.
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    stand by your man...

    Quote Originally posted by GISgal
    Note the no rooster clause.
    you know, in a way, that's really cruel...

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    Question - are the chickens pets or are they being used to as a chicken coop for eggs or are they chickens for somebody's bbq? so either they are a pet or a farm animal.. They helps in answering the question.
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    In the last town I worked for chickens were allowed in residential districts provided they did not "run at large". No setbacks for coops or anything. I'm sure they'll be revisiting that one some day.
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    Only on properties that are 10 acres or more.
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    The City of Whitehall, Michigan is currently dealing with the issue of chickens in residential areas. I could not find a website but google them and you can get a phone number and get some info on it.

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    Every so often I see a rooster walking in the middle of my subdivision street. I have not figured out whose house it belongs to, but the average lot size is about 30-35 feet by 110 feet. I'm pretty sure its against the health codes!

    This takes me to another topic that is similar. My neighborhood is mostly recent arrivals from the middle-east. These folks don't know much about how life goes on in the states and we have lax enforcement. How do we educate people about these things (no chickens, no junk in the back yard, keep your alley mowed so the service trucks can get to the poles) in a culturally sensitive way when they never see an enforcement officer?

    Should I just write a letter to the mayor (I don't work for the City)?

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    Those chickens immune to Flu then?

    What about bird-flu? You lot are only condemning exurban dwellers to months of FEAR come the "epidemic".

    In my minds eye I can see the tumbleweed rolling past the Llama corral and up against the Ford Explorer.

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    Quote Originally posted by Boru
    What about bird-flu? You lot are only condemning exurban dwellers to months of FEAR come the "epidemic".

    In my minds eye I can see the tumbleweed rolling past the Llama corral and up against the Ford Explorer.
    What about the sparrows? Won't somebody think about the sparrows?!

    C'mon, we might as well ban children because they spread colds. Remove all the deer because they spread lyme disease. Eliminate dogs because they could be bitten by a rabid racoon and spread rabies. Kill all the cats because they are cats.
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