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Planning Commission Passes Motion To Allow Backyard Chickens

The ordinance revision now heads to the Upper Dublin Board of Commissioners with a recommendation to publicly advertise the proposal.

Upper Dublin residents are one step closer to legally owning backyard chickens, thanks to the planning commission's unanimous approval of a motion to amend the township's zoning ordinance during Tuesday night's meeting.

The current zoning ordinance , but the revised ordinance would allow a maximum of six chickens per lot, with a minimum lot size of half-an-acre and maximum of 12 chickens per property.

The amended ordinance would allow residents to raise chickens as pets and use them as a source for fresh eggs, however slaughtering the animals on-site or exceeding the maximum number of allowable chickens could result in a zoning violation which carries a fine $500 per day.

The planning commission suggested that those residents who wish to slaughter their chickens should instead take the birds to a local farm or butcher, where the remnants can be disposed of in a sanitary fashion.

Additional requirements of the amended ordinance include minimum pen and coop sizes, instructions on how to properly dispose of waste and composting and the forbiddance of owning roosters.

With the commission's passing of the amended ordinance, the motion will now head to the Upper Dublin Board of Commissioners with a recommendation to publicly advertise the proposal.

Rebecca Britt April 19, 2012 at 11:27 AM
does anyone know about variances being granted for less than a half acre? we're just a little less than that and would love just 2 or 3 chickens.
Joe April 19, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I would think that the ordinance may be able to be challenged if you want to have a couple chickens as pets. The 1/2 acre is arbitrary, and has no basis for chickens, it's not like haveing pigs or cows. Sometimes they just want to show that they can control things that may not be a problem. Now they have to enforce this silly ordinance. Whose the dumb click now???
Joe April 20, 2012 at 06:40 PM
correction of my spelling----having (haveing) cluck (click) kind of ruined the play on words.
Ruffin Puffin April 24, 2012 at 11:41 PM
When will they decide? I am moving to Abington and can't stand to leave our 4 hens behind. They are the kids pets and we love the eggs and the droppings for compost!
Ronald R Williams June 15, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Have had chickens for @ 6 years, today received a letter from the Township, that I have 30 days to get rid of my chickens, I live in Chester County, Pa. in a small town. What are my options, my wife and I are 76 & 70, trying to make ends met.
IwantChickens September 25, 2012 at 02:33 PM
You can apply for a variance to the Zoning Commission board and they can give you permission, or still deny you. There is a fee involved, i know in my Township it is a $400 fee win or lose. also research the township ordnance, how long have you lived at your property, when was the ordnance put in place, you could be grandfathered in..etc.

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