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Upcoming meetings on keeping of Urban Chickens in certain residential areas

Post Date:01/31/2019 4:18 PM

Zoning Ordinance Amendment #41/Ordinance #1888-  An ordinance to allow the keeping of Urban Chickens in certain residential areas and as a pilot program in the Bennett-Hill/Progress Street Neighborhood. The amendment to the Town Code would include:               

  1.  Modify the definition of the term “Agriculture” to include the keeping of four (4) hens or less in accordance with provisions of the Town Code would not be considered to be agriculture.
  2. Establish criteria for keeping of Urban Chickens on residential property containing only single-family detached dwellings in the R-4 Low Density Residential, RR-1 Rural Residential and RR-2 Rural Residential Zoning Districts; and as a one-year pilot program in the Bennett-Hill/Progress Street Neighborhood.
  3. Direct the Planning Commission to propose other amendments related to the Zoning Ordinance needed for consistency with the keeping of chickens. 

The criteria on keeping of chickens can be found in the ordinance draft - DRAFT Ordinance 1888 (January 15, 2019) found on the ordinance public hearing page

The following meetings have been scheduled to consider this amendment: 

Public Information Meeting - Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the Blacksburg Motor Company building, 400 S. Main St. 

Planning Commission Work Session - Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. in the Blacksburg Motor Company building, 400 S. Main St. 

Planning Commission Public Hearing - Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Roger E. Hedgepeth Chambers, second floor of the Blacksburg Municipal building, 300 S. Main St.

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