The Township planners handed out a draft of the ordinance at their planning meeting during the second week of March. It was pretty permissive with the exception of a fencing requirement and a ban on roosters. The planners suggested I send any input or research to the Township Manager, Dean Bastianini, to add weight to my suggestions to the draft. Mr. Bastianini's email is firstname.lastname@example.org and I'd appreciate it if anyone else interested would also send info to Mr. Bastianini.
I'm having a hard time pasting the draft ordinance into this post but I'd be happy to email if anyone asks. Or, request a copy from the Township's Code Enforcement officer, Jeffrey Walzer, at email@example.com
I feel the ban on roosters is excessive. The planners told me the draft ban is due to roosters being loud and aggressive. I mentioned that dogs can be loud and aggressive and it was ignored.
The planners and they are largely being influenced by their own personal experiences, or the experiences of their family members. One of the ladies on the planning staff believes all roosters crow every day, from 6:00-9:00 a.m. because her son told her so.
My recommendation to the planners was to establish a threshold for roosters based on size of the lot in question. Example, one rooster per 20.000 square feet, which is about a quarter of an acre.
I contacted the Northern Regional Police and there are no ordinances siting noises made by animals. There is a general noise ordinance that is used when issuing citations for dogs that bark excessively or machinery, but the ordinance is based more so on the frequency of the noise than the type or volume of noise.
The idea that all roosters crow all the time is false, and the planners seemed to refuse to believe otherwise. If anyone can assist me with providing the township information to change their opinion, I'd appreciate it.
The concern that roosters are aggressive is a moot point because any chicken owner is required to have a fence.
Lastly, the proposed ordinance only dresses chickens. It seems inefficient to go through the effort to make an ordinance that only addresses one type of animal when they could make one well thought out law that will apply to all.
Again, anyone who can help with sending research to the Township to make sure the planners and supervisors make an informed decision when creating this ordinance will be helping the entire Township. I welcome other points of view.