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  • Dolgeville expected to vote on chicken amendment

  • The Dolgeville Village Board of Trustees was expected to take action Monday night on an amendment to the village’s zoning law.

    The amendment would allow residents to keep up to eight chickens by permit only.

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  • The Dolgeville Village Board of Trustees was expected to take action Monday night on an amendment to the village’s zoning law.
    The amendment would allow residents to keep up to eight chickens by permit only.
    According to Local Law No. 3 of 2013, the board finds, subject to applicable law and reasonable regulation, that economic and other considerations justify allowing village property owners and renters to harbor and use chickens and that the village’s existing zoning law should be amended to reflect the finding.
    If approved, section No. 26(B) of the village’s zoning law would be amended to read “Within any district except AG, the only animals which are permitted are those defined herein as household pets excepting that upon issuance of a special permit pursuant to Section 17-10 and subject to any additional, or superseding, requirements and prohibitions of the Agricultural and Markets Law, Public Health Law or Environmental Conservation Law, a maximum of eight pullets or hens of the livestock fowl identified as gallus domesticus, commonly known as female chickens, shall be permitted.”
    Nora Bell and Bev Wahler asked the board in February if they could raise chickens — no more than six and no roosters — to harvest their eggs. They were told the village’s current zoning law does not allow chickens to be kept as pets in residential districts and they submitted a request for a variance to start the process of amending the law.
    Roosters, which crow loudly, would be prohibited in the village if the amendment is approved and residents would not be allowed to keep chickens for commercial purposes.
    Residents would be required to keep their chickens secured in a backyard coop.
    They would also be required to keep the coop in a sanitary condition and to keep the chicken feed in a metal storage container, if the amendment is approved.
    The permit application would require village planning board review and the permit to keep chickens could be revoked if complaints are lodged.
    The village’s code enforcement officer would oversee violators.
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