Aberdeen to Consider Chicken Ordinance Changes in March
Aberdeen Town Commissioners will considers changes to an ordinance that regulates the keeping of chickens within town limits during its March meeting.
The board held a public hearing on proposed changes to the ordinance at its regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 13.
The proposed changes include:
limiting the number of chickens per lot to 1 per 5,000 square foot.
Chickens would be allowed in the RA, R30-18, R20-16, R18-14, R10-10, PUD, B-1, B-2, C-I, and I-H zoning districts.
Chickens are the only type of fowl permitted
Roosters are prohibited
Chickens living outside the planning and zoning jurisdiction of the town may be brought to town for temporary events such as festivals and other planned special events provided they are in town for no more than three days.
Coops and yardings for the chickens must be in the rear of the dwelling.
Chickens must be kept in coops at night and are allowed to roam in yarding areas during daytime hours.
Coops and yardings shall be fully enclosed by a perimeter fence. Coops shall be within the yarding area and shall be set back a minimum of 30 feet from solid perimeter fencing or a minimum of 100 feet from open wire fencing.
Mayor Pro Tem Robbie Farrell asked how roosters currently within the town would be handled.
Town Planner Kathy Liles said it would be something that would have to be dealt with. If the roosters were legal based on the prior ordinance, which specified lot sizes, number of fowl, then those roosters could be considered to be allowed, or grandfathered in.
If a complaint is filed against an owner who is found to be out of compliance with the ordinance, the violator would received a letter of notification that they are out of compliance and be given 14 to 30 days to comply with the ordinance.
If they don't comply in time, they will be cited for the violation and fined $50 per day until the come back into compliance.
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