Chicken law re­vi­sions fo­cus of hear­ing

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line.com

A pub­lic hear­ing on re­vi­sions to pro­posed reg­u­la­tion of chicken own­er­ship in two zon­ing dis­tricts will be Nov. 3 .

Town res­i­dents will have the op­por­tu­nity on Nov. 3 to cluck about any con­cerns they have with re­vi­sions to pro­posed reg­u­la­tion of chicken own­er­ship in the R10 and R30 zon­ing dis­tricts.

A pub­lic hear­ing is sched­uled for 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall on Town Hall Drive.

“There are mi­nor changes,” Su­per­vi­sor James Quigley said. “It’s (been made through re­vi­sion) a five-year per­mit, rather than an an­nu­ally re­new­able per­mit, so it makes it eas­ier on our Build­ing Depart­ment.”

Of­fi­cials have also deleted a sec­tion that would have set a fee for the per­mit and elim­i­nated the six­chicken limit on a par­cel.

“We still ban roost­ers, so that is­sue is not go­ing away, and the stan­dards of main­te­nance have been tied to an ac­tual en­force­able code of the state of New York,” Quigley said.

Un­der the reg­u­la­tions, own­ers would have to keep chick­ens in a pen or en­clo­sure at all times.

“The pen must be re­sis­tant to ro­dents and to preda­tors and pro­vide chick­ens with ad­e­quate pro­tec­tion from in­clement wether,” of­fi­cials wrote. “The pen or en­clo­sure is to be con­structed of ma­te­ri­als that are rea­son­able com­ple­men­tary to ex­ist­ing struc­tures within the view­shed of the pen or en­clo­sure in or­der to fore­stall com­plaints by neigh­bors or per­sons within the view­ing vicin­ity.”

Reg­u­la­tions would also lim­its own­ers to one pen or en­clo­sure that must be placed in the rear yard and placed at least 20 feet from prop­erty lines and 30 feet from a neigh­bor­ing res­i­dence.

Ef­forts to adopt a law gov­ern­ing own­er­ship of chick­ens be­gan last year af­ter res­i­dents in East Kingston com­plained about do­mes­tic chick­ens coming on to their prop­erty. The board de­clined to take ac­tion af­ter a law that was pro­posed at the time drew ob­jec­tions from chicken own­ers, but new com­plaints in a dif­fer­ent neigh­bor­hood brought the is­sue back for a sec­ond pub­lic hear­ing.

The sec­ond pub­lic hear­ing drew ob­jec­tions even from the Carle Ter­race res­i­dent who had brought the new com­plaints. He con­tended that his son re­quired surgery due to an in­fec­tion cause by chick­ens owned by a neigh­bor, but also said he did not be­lieve that chicken own­ers should have to pay a per­mit fee to own their birds.

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