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Planning Board sending chickens issue to Town Council

Public hearing to be held in early 2012

December 11, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — After the ideas flew around for months, the Planning Board came to a general consensus Wednesday, Dec. 7, on what kind of chicken rules it wants to propose.

As a starting point for an upcoming public hearing, they're considering allowing up to six chickens, hens only, on parcels in the town's single- and two-family zones that have at least one acre of land, as long as the chickens are at least 20 feet from the property line. A variety of other concerns remain to be settled, including space requirements for coops or "chicken tractors," whether they should be heated, and how to address the droppings.

"I don't think it should be carte-blanche," said Chairman Paul St. Jean, speaking for himself. "It's got to go to the Town Council and got to be monitored by the Board of Health and Animal Control. To have chickens and not have them monitored is ridiculous; there are chickens in apartments now."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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