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ORDINANCE #179 CHICKENS IN RURAL ESTATE/FARM ZONING DISTRICT



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June 29, 2011 - ORDINANCE #179 CHICKENS IN RURAL ESTATE/FARM ZONING DISTRICT

Add to Division 2. RE/F Rural Estate/Farm District the following amendment.

Sec. 54-113. Principal agricultural uses permitted

3) A person who keeps or houses chickens (hens) on his or her property, having less than 10 acres, shall comply with all of the following requirements:

a. The consumption of eggs shall be for residents of the property where the chickens are located.

b. Keep no more than 10 chickens.

c. No person shall keep any rooster.

d. A person shall not keep chickens in any location on the property other than in the backyard. For purposes of this section, "backyard" means that portion of the lot inside the rear and side yard setbacks behind the primary residential structure as defined in Section 54-671 Schedule of Regulations for the RE/F District. The rear setback is 50 feet and the sideyard setback is a total of 80 feet with one side being 40 feet in width.

e. Chickens shall be confined/housed within a fenced area.

f. The confined fenced area can be moved within the backyard at the owners discretion.

g. All feed and other items associated with the keeping of chickens that are likely to attract or to become infested with or infected by rats, mice, or other rodents shall be protected so as to prevent rats, mice or other rodents from gaining access to or coming into contact with them.

h. Private restrictions on the use of property shall remain enforceable and take precedence over this provision. Private restrictions include but are not limited to deed restrictions, condominium master deed restrictions, neighborhood association by-laws, and covenant deeds.

i. Any person keeping hens shall remain subject to applicable public nuisance provisions enforced by the Township and/or Oakland County.

Publish in The Citizen 6-25-11

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