Town of Ballston, Saratoga County, New York

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances (and how to change' started by BurntHillsHens, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. BurntHillsHens

    BurntHillsHens New Egg

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    In a few weeks I will be headed to the Zoning Board of Appeals to obtain a special use permit for "up to 4 hens" in a residential zone. We live on 0.73 acres.

    I think I have all my bases covered, and I have noticed that others have obtained a special use permit, which cost $100 to try, under sub-combinations of the following points. Am I missing anything?

    1) Coop looks good and will not be close to the property line. No impact on your property value or neighbor's property value
    2) Promise to keep coop clean, and you have a solution for burying the poop (4 hens generate less poop than average sized dog)
    3) Don't try for more than 4 hens
    4) No roosters
    5) Containment area for hens. "free range is fine if you have a fence."
    6) Show some knowledge: Limit the breeds of chickens to breeds that tend to not be flighty, tend to be calm, quiet, cold hardy, etc.
    7) You believe in sustainable living. Adds credibility if you have a garden
    8) You want to teach your kids how to care for chickens, respect them, and get food from them (eggs)
    9) You will not raise the chickens for meat and no killing of chickens will happen on property
    10) You have checked with the neighbors and they support (if you can get this one - great)
    11) You have studied chicken diseases and you will be quick to take your chicken to a Vet as needed.
    12) Chicken food will be stored in protected container
    13) Open to inspections at any time
    14) Biosecurity: you want to control your food chain; know where your food is coming from
    15) Natural fertilizer is better than putting chemicals on your lawn (which so many others do)
    16) Check any deed restrictions and follow them if you have to (e.g. the coop will have the same look as the house).
    17) You will not run a business (sell the eggs, raise/sell chicks, raise chickens for meat)
    18) Have a solution for keeping away predators (dog, fence) and state that your hens will not attract predators
    19) Talk about how your chickens will add to a farming spirit for the neighborhood
    20) Talk about the problems with factory-farmed poultry (cruel, disease, etc...) and you can't tolerate it
    21) Talk about the nutritional value of eggs from happy hens

    Thanks!

    Longcreek Drive, Burnt Hills, New York
     
  2. YellowChicken12

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    Hi. I just came across your thread and I'm curious how you made out. I'm hoping to do the same in a neighboring town. I love your bullet list. And I'd love any additional advice you might have on getting local towns to allow backyard chickens.

    -YC
     
  3. BurntHillsHens

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    YC -- we made out fairly well. We received approval for four chickens - and we received our chicks about four weeks ago. So far so good. We recently moved the chicks (quickly becoming chickens) to their coop. We started with a small fenced run - and in a couple of weeks will open their pecking to the entire yard.

    I think the key is to either meet or study any meetings notes from people that have previously gone in front of your town board. My sense if that there were mostly pro-chicken people and a couple of anti-chicken people on the board. The pro chicken people wanted to make sure that we had done our homework.

    Best of luck... please let me know if you have specific questions.
     
  4. Hickchick mamma

    Hickchick mamma New Egg

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    We currently live in South Glens Falls, NY and have 5 hens and were told that we have to get rid of them by FRIDAY due to the town ordinance. I have printed out a bunch of information and my husband and I will meet with the Code Enforcement Officer. He originally said it was a "sanitary thing" but I know the complaint was just from a grumpy neighbor. Do you have any suggestions?
     
  5. BurntHillsHens

    BurntHillsHens New Egg

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    You may want to try putting this link in your browser.... this fellow was in a similar situation a couple of years ago. I recommend giving Ray a call. I don't know him, but Hudson Falls is close by - and he may have some guidance.

    http://poststar.com/news/local/a-fo...cle_4004b312-a383-11e1-b1dc-001a4bcf887a.html

    The impact of 5 hens is similar to that of an average dog.

    "The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly." Abe Lincoln.
    Read the town ordinance carefully. File a complaint against everyone in the town you feel is violating any small part of the ordinance. You will likely be able to file thousands of complaints. I bet you can't keep your trash cans outside and stuff like that.


    Call your local TV news and make a public story out of it. Explain how you are against factory farming. Quote Gandhi "You must be the change you wish to see in the world"

    Bargain... ask for time to resolve the situation. Apologize for not knowing about the ordinance and learn how to get a variance from the town. This will likely buy you a few months. Understand if anyone in the town had received a variance for hens and learn how they got it. Reference that decision when you make your case.

    I hope some of these ideas are helpful.



     
  6. Hickchick mamma

    Hickchick mamma New Egg

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    Thank you that was helpful . We will try our best.
     

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