If you’re interested in owning backyard chickens, Upper Dublin wants to hear from you.
The township has scheduled a public discussion for June 12 at 6:30 p.m., which will allow residents to express their support – or opposition – to the proposed ordinance that would allow residents with more than half-an-acre of land to own up to six backyard chickens.
In April, the Upper Dublin Planning Commission , which required a minimum of five acres to raise livestock. The new revision would require a minimum of only half-an-acre, though the birds would need to be housed in coups at least 25-feet from the residence and 25-feet away from the perimeter of the property.
Based on the type of public feedback, the Upper Dublin Board of Commissioners will be able to properly adjust the proposed revision, which is a welcomed process for Commissioner Ronald Feldman, who stated that he would like the minimum lot size increased to one acre.
Feldman was then informed that even if the minimum lot size were adjusted, the residents could simply apply for a waiver, which has happened several times in the past, on lots as small as two-thirds of an acre.
While certain aspects of the proposed revision are subject to change, others are not. The proposal prohibits residents from owning roosters, as well as the on-site slaughtering of the birds. It also states that the coups must be lined and covered, to prevent attacks from ground and air based predators. Those who are found to be in violation of the ordinance can face a fine of up to $500 pre day or non-compliance.
Interested residents are strongly urged to attend the meeting.