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Coun­cil gives OK to in­clude back­yard hens in res­i­den­tial zones

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - BY FRANK GALE

The Stephenvil­le town coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing a pro­posed de­vel­op­ment reg­u­la­tion amend­ment and mu­nic­i­pal plan amend­ment to in­clude back­yard hens in res­i­den­tial zones.

The pro­posed amend­ments were put forward at the lat­est meet­ing of the Stephenvil­le town coun­cil held on Aug. 2 and had just one dis­sent­ing vote by Coun. Don Gib­bon.

He said coun­cil is look­ing at a two to five-year pi­lot project to see if it would work within the mu­nic­i­pal bound­aries.

Gib­bon said he ob­jected to it be­cause to do other­wise would be hyp­o­crit­i­cal as back in 2013 he was part of the town coun­cil that voted to have a woman re­move her back­yard chick­ens at a prop­erty on Maple Street.

“I couldn’t vote for these pro­posed amend­ments when I sup­ported the reg­u­la­tions we had back then,” he said.

Gib­bon said he re­al­izes chick­ens and hens are like pets to some peo­ple but of­ten they are both­er­some to neighbours and you have to re­spect their rights as well.

The four other coun­cil mem­bers in at­ten­dance: Mayor Tom Rose, Deputy Mayor Su­san Fowlow, Coun. Mau­rice Hynes and Coun. Mark Felix voted in favour of the pro­posed amend­ment.

Couns. Laura Ayl­ward and Mike Tobin were not in at­ten­dance; how­ever, dur­ing a tele­phone in­ter­view Tobin said he would have voted against the amend­ment and will be do­ing so when it comes back to the ta­ble dur­ing fur­ther.

He said he doesn’t see the need for more amend­ments to the Town of Stephenvil­le De­vel­op­ment Reg­u­la­tions that were adopted in June of 2016.

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