LANCASTER -- Backyard chickens were legalized at Monday's Town Meeting, and a $17.2 million budget for fiscal 2014 was approved.
Following approval of a citizen's petition to change the zoning ordinance in regards to chicken coops and pens, residents can now keep up to six hens, but no roosters, for noncommercial use in a backyard that is at least 0.9 acres big.
Voters also approved a one-year moratorium on marijuana dispensaries. Planning Director Noreen Piazza said the town currently has no zoning ordinances for places that grow, process or distribute marijuana, and now that they are legal, the town needs time to figure out how they will be zoned.