Great googly-moogly, who knew an agricultural state like Georgia would be so fussy about where its residents keep chickens?
I don't have chickens yet, as I'm not a homeowner, but I dream of it. I'll be home-shopping early next year and I'm trying to pin down the locations near Newnan, GA that allows chickens. According to the Laws section of this site, Newnan allows chickens, but that's no longer the case, as now they're listed under "Prohibited Animals" in their municipal code.
Sec. 4-17. - Prohibited animals.permanent link to this piece of content
(a) No person shall keep or maintain any wild animal or exotic pet within the city limits.
(b) No person shall keep or maintain any cattle, horse, donkey, mule, ***, swine, sheep, goats, or any other livestock or grazing type animal within the city limits.
(c) No person shall keep or maintain any domesticated fowl to include but not limited to chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, guineas, pheasant, emus, ostrich or any other domesticated fowl within the city limits.
(d) This section does not apply to zoological parks, performing animal exhibits or acts, stable, or riding school, providing the same has applied for and was granted a license or permit.
(e) This section does not apply to those persons currently keeping or maintaining any domesticated fowl or other animals that were not previously precluded by the ordinance. Any person having such animal must register the animal before July 1, 2010.
(Ord. No. 10-5, § I, 2-9-10)
So that lead me to look at properties outside the city. Currently in Coweta County only RC (Rural Conservation) zones permit keeping of chickens and all coops and structures have to be 200 ft from existing offsite structures and 100 ft from all property lines, which means I'd have to procure an acre of land at the very least.
Right now according to the zoning reference map, there are loads of RC-zoned parcels, they make up the majority of the county. But to make matters confusing, I looked at the Future Development Map through 2026 and on THAT map, RC zones make up only the very fringes of the county. It's a huge difference.
Does this mean that the zones marked proposed residential WILL become residentially zoned? Are they considered residential now? If I buy property in one of these possibly-future-residential zones and a subdivision springs up around me, would I have to give up my chickens?