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Public Hearing Set On Peekskill Chicken Coops

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- A public hearing will be held on Aug. 13 on whether to allow chicken coops in the city.

The Common Council was asked to ease restrictions on allowing chickens in the city by a residents and has been considering what the restrictions should be.

Under the most recent proposal, residents would be allowed to keep four hens for egg harvesting only. Roosters, chicks and other types of fowl would be strictly forbidden.

Residents would have to obtain a permit from a city building inspector officer to build such a coop, which must be built to certain specifications in order to keep out vermin such as mice and rats.

The coops would only be able to be built on lots of a certain size and only in the backyard of a home.

City Planner Jeremy Doxsee told council members at a July 16 meeting that the city Planning Commission had given the proposal a favorable recommendation but wanted the legislation changed to require written consent from neighroring property owners for annual renewals. The legislation as currently written only requires such consent for the innitial approval.

"The commission thought it was best to give the neighbors some additional leverage to ensure their quality of life isn't impacted," Doxsee said.

Neighbors will be able to contact the Building Department if they have any concerns, Doxsee added. Building inspectors will be able to check the coops at any time to make sure the laws are being obeyed.

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