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Fairfax County, VA

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances (and how to change' started by Nisorat, May 20, 2009.

  1. VA from WV

    VA from WV Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We're busy trying to stop the exporting of your zoning laws to Jefferson County WV. This is exactly why we're making them take it to the ballot box.
     
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  2. Kalthia

    Kalthia New Egg

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    Here is the reply I got this morning:

    Thank you for your email. My wife and I also feel challenged at times
    in providing good and nutritious food for our growing family with a
    young child. I have heard from a few others in my district interested
    in the rules regarding the keeping of chickens on residential property.
    I believe there is some misinformation being spread among those
    interested in this topic. I offer the following to you to make sure you
    are aware of the facts.

    Chickens are currently allowed to be kept in the county on residential
    lots that are two acres or greater in size. The number of chickens that
    can be kept on lots of this size can not exceed the ratio of one bird
    unit (32 chickens) per one acre. So - if your lot is big enough, you
    are definitely allowed under our current ordinance to have chickens.
    For many of the people I have talked to, the issue is not whether or not
    you are allowed to keep them but how many chickens are allowed and on
    what size lot.

    Our current ordinance was enacted in 1985 along with several other
    amendments that dealt with the keeping of animals. Several entities
    provided input on the amendment including Animal Control; the Department
    of Extension and Continuing Education; a Virginia Tech Poultry Science
    Specialist; specialists in the fields of horse management, poultry
    science, animal science and dairy science at the Cooperative Extension
    Service of Rutgers University; the Department of Agriculture; and other
    experts. While input was extensive, it did happen over 20 years ago.
    It may be time to review the regulations for the keeping of chickens
    again to see if they need to be updated.

    With the interest I have heard from folks, I have asked that this issue
    be added to the list of requested Zoning Ordinance amendments which is
    being maintained for next year's Zoning Ordinance Amendment Work
    Program. Members of the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission,
    citizens, industry representatives and staff contribute to the requested
    amendments list and each year the Board prioritizes the items on the
    list. The Priority 1 list contains those items that will be reviewed
    and considered for amendment in the next 12 to 18 months and the
    Priority 2 list consists of items that will be considered for
    prioritization in future years. It is anticipated that the Board of
    Supervisors will consider the 2010 Zoning Ordinance Work Program in
    March/April 2010.

    Beyond the amendment to the ordinance, there is another avenue for folks
    to pursue if they live on a lot smaller than 2 acres and they want to
    keep chickens. They may apply for a special permit that allows the
    Board of Zoning Appeals to approve the keeping of animals in numbers
    greater and/or on lots smaller than permitted by the current Zoning
    Ordinance. All special permits require an application, plat and fee;
    notification to adjacent property owners; and a public hearing before
    the Board of Zoning Appeals.

    I hope you find this information helpful. If you have questions or
    would like to discuss this issue further, please contact Christina
    Manning of my staff. Her email address is
    [email protected] .

    Jeffrey C. McKay
    Lee District Supervisor
    Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County, VA

    Fairfax County Government
    6121 Franconia Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22310
    Phone: (703) 971-6262
    Facsimile: (703) 971-3032
     
  3. cromulo

    cromulo Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow, look at all the fairfax county BYC members! I live in Vienna and I called the Zoning office and spoke with a lady there who was quite confused and put me on hold about 5 times and then said I could have 14 chickens (hens only) on 0.5 acres. I wrote down her name and time and date of the phone call and built a coop. [​IMG]

    If you are looking for local people who are interested in getting involved with local laws/ordinances regarding backyard flocks then I would -LOVE- to help!

    Chelsie
     
  4. lngrid

    lngrid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Quote:I've been told and have learned that public servants pay the most attention to those who stop by their offices. Politicians may seem inaccessible, but unless the issue has them running with their tail between their legs they're happy to hear from constituents, especially politicians at the local level. You might call ahead find out when they will be in the office and available. It's really effective if you can bring a group with you. The next effective method is letter-writing. Emails are easily overlooked, forgotten or ignored. One senator told me more effort put out is more effective in getting his attention. And when you go, it's a good idea to bring a letter or letters with you in case they got called out of the office. They work for you and they know it, but you have to get their attention and then convince them. Otherwise you're just part of the nameless mass to them.
     
  5. leenie

    leenie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    New here and located in No VA.
    I will contact BOZ as well concerning amending restrictions on poultry on small lots.
    Thanks for starting the process!
     
  6. Picky Chicky

    Picky Chicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so bad... after years of learning the hard way that the "good guy always finishes last", I've started to learn to ask for forgiveness rather than for permission. [​IMG]

    You're doing the right thing though, and I wish you the best of luck - it sounds like you've got a lot of local supporters on BYC! [​IMG]
     
  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Sorry, I cannot support the idea of deliberately breaking the law. Most communities rely heavily on volunteers who do a lot of the grunt work of organizing various community events. And by doing that you gain exposure and (assuming that you do well) credability as to your efforts. and therefore your opinions.
     
  8. NoVA Chicks

    NoVA Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in Falls Church and would love to help out if someone wants to spearhead an effort. We currently have four "south american giant guinea hens" brooding in our kitchen. [​IMG] Hopefully come Summer they should be producing beautiful blue eggs for me to bribe my neighbors with. [​IMG]
     
  9. Picky Chicky

    Picky Chicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Sorry, I cannot support the idea of deliberately breaking the law. Most communities rely heavily on volunteers who do a lot of the grunt work of organizing various community events. And by doing that you gain exposure and (assuming that you do well) credability as to your efforts. and therefore your opinions.

    Eek! Tough crowd. [​IMG]
     
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