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A Proposal to Amend Henry County ULDC

A Proposal to Amend Henry County ULDC

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A proposal to amend the Henry County Unified Land Development Code (ULDC) to grant and protect the right to grow and raise small animals (chickens) in residential areas having lot size less than 3 acres.
A proposal to amend the Henry County Unified Land Development Code (ULDC) to grant and protect the right to grow and raise small animals (chickens) in residential areas having lot size less than 3 acres.

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A Proposal
To Amend Henry County ULDC
June & Larry Stanley3/19/2013
 
We propose the county code change to specifically protect the right to grow food cropsand raise small animals on private property so long as such crops and animals are usedfor human consumption by the occupants, gardeners, or raisers and their householdsand not for commercial purposes.
 
 
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
:
Sec. 2.04.00
. - Miscellaneous provisions, and
Sec
.
2.04.03
: 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.
Enclosure 
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.
 
Proposal to Amend Henry County ULDC Page 2
2d. Coop / Enclosure may not be placed in a front yard in a residential area providing alot area less than three acres. Protection of street-side appearance and curb appealshall require that coop is protected from street view or lot must provide privacy fencingor natural (wood, stone, shrubbery) landscape barrier.2e. Prohibition against keeping or raising rooster(s) where lot size is less than threeacres.2f. Animal waste will be controlled in a timely manner so as to provide sanitary andodor-free conditions.2g. Veterinary care necessary to maintain the health of an animal based on the age,species, breed, etc.
Henry County Code allows the following: 
 ―One (1) miniature pig which does
notexceed one hundred pounds in weightand one (1) miniature goat which doesnot exceed forty (40) pounds. Only one(1) miniature pig and/or one (1)miniature goat may be located on anypremises and/or property which is lessthan three (3) acres in size. Property exceeding three (3) acres in size mayhave more than one (1) such animal. A license is also required and must be
obtained from Henry County Animal Control Department. ―
 
County Code
does not restrict 
owningand raising dogs,cats, hamsters, whitemice, other cagedbirds (parrots,cockatoo, myna)
 –
 even snakes!

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