Tuesday, February 7, 2012

York, Virigina


Little heartburn over new chicken keeping ordinance

Despite concerns over tight regulations, some York residents find little issue with the new ordinance

  • Carol Bartram watches Poppy in her backyard in York County in August. She and her husband, Scott, keep chickens not just for the eggs but also for their help with the garden -- by eating bugs, adding manure, etc.
Carol Bartram watches Poppy in her backyard in York County in August. She… (Joe Fudge, Daily Press file photo)
January 26, 2012
YORK – Two months after the York County Board of Supervisors approved a new zoning ordinance allowing backyard chicken keeping, local residents who supported the measure are pleased with the outcome.
The ordinance made it legal for citizens in the county's medium- and high-density residential zoning districts as well as the water industrial zoning district to keep chickens for personal use. Residents who want to raise chickens in those areas do not have to get a special use permit, but they do have to fill out an application with the York County Development and Compliance Division and pay a $15 fee. So far the county has received two applications.

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