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Keeping chickens in residential district topic of public hearing

The Gloucester County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing about keeping chickens in the single-family detached residential (SF-1) zoning district at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, Feb. 5, in the colonial courthouse.

Chickens are already allowed under the “keeping livestock” regulations in other residential districts in the county, planner Tripp Little said Jan. 22, including the C-2, SC-2, R-1 and R-2 zoning districts.

As proposed, only chickens can be kept in the SF-1 district, Little said.

The proposed ordinance prohibits the keeping of roosters, and limits the number of female chickens that may be kept on lots smaller than two acres in the SF-1 district. Little said that means homeowners in SF-1 cannot keep guinea hens, turkeys or peacocks.

The commission will also hold a public hearing related to modifying the Zoning Ordinance related to garage apartments and cottages.

As proposed, a new definition would be added to the ordinance for accessory apartment to inc...

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