BOILING SPRING LAKES — Boiling Spring Lakes Commissioners denied adopting a new “keeping of animals” ordinance amendment by a 4-1 vote Monday.
The amendment, approved by the city’s Planning Board in March, would have opened up limited chicken ownership to all zoning districts.
Now the existing code will remain in place. Chickens are only permitted in Boiling Spring Lakes’ R-6 zoning district with a minimum 5-acre lot size.
The new code would have allowed chickens — hens only — to be kept with a permit, on at least a quarter-acre lot. A maximum of four chickens was proposed with 10-feet setback requirements.
Commissioners first debated the ordinance amendment at a public hearing in May. They did not vote on the change and sent it back to staff for a few tweaks. Setback requirements were shortened from 25 feet to 10 feet and lowered the maximum hen requirement from eight to four.
On Monday, at the city’s regular meeting, a majority of Commissioners denied the ordinance amendment. Commissioner Steven Barger, who recently announced his intention run for mayor, wrote on Facebook he remains in favor of keeping a small number of hens with a permit.
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