Good Luck, Boonsboro, MD!

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by Scattered & Splattered, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. Scattered & Splattered

    Scattered & Splattered Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 31, 2011
    I came across this article while reading the paper today. Best of luck to the Boonsboro BYCers, I hope the council person already referring to complaints is exaggerating.

    Boonsboro is considering an ordinance that would allow residents to raise chickens on their properties under certain conditions, officials said Tuesday.

    The Town Council voted 5-1 to introduce the ordinance, with council member Natalie Mose opposed. The council agreed that a public hearing on the ordinance would be scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 2 and that the council would wait until its Sept. 6 meeting to vote on the ordinance to allow plenty of time for public comment.
    The measure would amend the town’s zoning ordinance to allow up to three hens per lot to be kept in the town’s residential, suburban residential and rural residential districts, Town Planner Megan Clark said. No roosters would be allowed, and the hens would have to be kept within an enclosure at least 20 feet from property lines, Clark said. Those keeping hens would have to register with the Maryland Department of Agriculture, she said.

    In some areas, homeowners associations might prohibit the practice, even if zoning allows for it, Clark added.

    Clark said the measure was proposed in response to requests from several residents interested in raising chickens for eggs in their backyards.

    The Boonsboro Planning Commission recommended approval of the ordinance, Clark said.

    Council Member Cynthia Kauffman said she already heard objections to the idea from some residents and hoped to get additional feedback at the public hearing.,0,4956834.story
  2. cpwhip

    cpwhip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2011
    I read that this morning! I live in Keedysville 5 miles outside of Boonsboro I wonder is Keedysville has any rules?
  3. nicktide

    nicktide Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 16, 2008
    Boonsboro, MD
    I live just outside town limits... Even though it doesnt change anything about my property, I am glad to hear that we are making progress. If anyone is bothered by the noise or smell of just 3 hens, then they better hope a dog never moves in next to them.

    If they dont allow the chickens, then I would suggest people start feeding the "wild" old english game bantams that "just showed up." LOL.
  4. tp70731

    tp70731 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 21, 2011
    Potomac Md
    My Coop
    good luck, hope you guys win!!
  5. OnBorrowedWings

    OnBorrowedWings Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 4, 2011
    I'm outside of Boonsboro too...good luck!

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