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Yorktown Considers Residential Chicken Law

Yorktown residents may soon be allowed to raise chickens in their backyard. Photo Credit: Sue Guzman
Hens and ducks would be allowed under Yorktown's proposed law, but male roosters would be prohibited. Photo Credit: Sue Guzman

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - A new law that would allow chickens to be raised on residential property is being considered by Yorktown’s Town Board.

The law would allow 12 or fewer fowl to be raised in R1-10, R1-20, and R1-40 zones, which are one-family residences ranging from one quarter-acre to one-acre. Ducks would also be allowed under the law, but male chickens (roosters) would be prohibited.

The chicken coops would need to be located in the side or rear yard and be at least 30-feet from the property line. The Town Board voted 3 to 1 Tuesday night to adopt a draft resolution and refer it to the town’s Zoning Board for comments.

Council member Terrence Murphy voted against the law and Council member Nick Bianco was not present.

The law will likely be subject to a public hearing after it is reviewed by the Zoning Board. If the law is passed, residents would need to apply for a special use permit, which would be awarded on a case-by-case basis. The board would also be allowed to limit the maximum number of chickens in the districts.

“We’ll leave it up to them,” said Supervisor Michael Grace.

The law comes months after a Yorktown woman asked the Town Board to amend the zoning regulations to allow a chicken coop at her home in the Croton Heights section of town. Yorktown currently requires at least five acres to house chickens.

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