Proposal to Amend Henry County ULDC Page 1
This proposal was compiled using a study of ordinance citations from across the statelisting specific requirements and qualifications for raising chickens, which we hope willsee expanded to other egg producing fowl.We seek the ability to raise fowl (specifically chickens) in a residential backyard.We propose the following county code changes to specifically protect the right to growfood crops and raise small animals on private property so long as such crops andanimals are used for human consumption by the occupants, gardeners, or raisers andtheir households and not for commercial purposes.
Henry County Unified Land Development Code (ULDC) Section to bemodified
. - Miscellaneous provisions, and
: Keeping and raising of livestock. The keeping and raising of all farm animals and fowl shall be limited toproperty located within the RA zoning district and must have a minimum lot area of three (3) acres.Proposed modifications are intended to maintain compliance with Sec. 3-16-1:Nuisance; Sec. 3-4-1: Health and safety of persons and animals; and other applicablecode sections.Proposed modifications:1.
That restriction to RA zoning districts and the requirement for three acres are removedfrom the ordinance. In their place, specific qualifications and restrictions are inserted tocontrol but not prohibit keeping and raising specified livestock within all areas of unincorporated Henry County.2.
With regard to fowl, qualifications and requirements shall include:2a. Allow fowl to be kept and raised in residential areas.2b. Limit to no more than six (6) fowl in residential areas providing a lot area less thanthree acres.2c. A coop is required for nesting fowl. Coop must be 25 inches from ground and 15feet from any dwelling, and feed to be stored in rat-proof container. Birds may not runat large not under the control and restraint of the owner or the owner's designee.Enclosure must provide minimum of four (4) square feet per bird.
means anystructure or device used to restrict an animal to a limited amount of space, such as afence, pen, run, cage or natural (wood, stone, shrubbery) landscape barrier.