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File #: 14-0251    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Agendas Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 8/22/2014 In control: Board of Aldermen
On agenda: 9/9/2014 Final action:
Title: Discussion of Possible Changes to Chapter 10 in Relation to the Keeping of Livestock PURPOSE: The purpose of this agenda item is to provide an opportunity for the Board of Aldermen to discuss the requirements for keeping fowl within Town limits.
Attachments: 1. Attachment A - Chapter 10 Town Code, 2. Attachment B - Chapel Hill Chicken Regs Draft March2009.pdf, 3. Attachment C- Map Showing Distribution of Livstock and Chickens, 2011
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Discussion of Possible Changes to Chapter 10 in Relation to the Keeping of Livestock

PURPOSE: The purpose of this agenda item is to provide an opportunity for the Board of Aldermen to discuss the requirements for keeping fowl within Town limits.
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DEPARTMENT: Police and Planning

CONTACT INFORMATION: Alderman Michelle Johnson and Chief Walter Horton 919-918-7408; Patricia McGuire - 919-918-7327 and pmcguire@townofcarrboro.org

INFORMATION: Recently the Animal Control Board of Appeals received two appeals concerning the keeping of chickens within Town limits. In both cases, the applicants did not meet the 10,000 square foot requirement. The Animal Control Board issued a stay on enforcement to allow time for the Board of Aldermen to discuss the matter, including possible changes to the Ordinance.

Chapter 10 of the Town Code considers chickens as "livestock," per Section 10-1(15). Livestock are considered to be animals kept primarily for productive purposes, rather than as pets. A permit is required for livestock to be kept on property in Carrboro; the requirements are summarized here:

1) Minimum lot size of 10,000 square feet
2) Enclosure or coop located not closer than 15 feet from a property line
3) Allowed on residential lots only, or common open space in a development
4) Animals for use by residents of the lot or neighborhood.
5) Animals may not be kept for commercial purposes
6) Animal must not pose a substantial danger of harm to person, animal, or property
7) Animal must not interfere with the use and enjoyment of neighboring properties because of offensive noise or odor or for other reasons
8) Animal must not otherwise constitute a threat to the public health or safety
9) Administrator must notify the applicant and applicant's immediate neighbors of a date and time when they may be heard on the question of whether a permit should be issued.
10) After the hearing, the Administrator shall prepare written reasons...

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