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Chicken ordinance advances

Feb. 8, 2012

Town of Delafield - The Plan Commission Tuesday narrowly recommended to the Town Board to approve an ordinance that would allow residents to raise chickens.

The Plan Commission on a 4-3 vote sent the issue to the Town Board which will take up the matter Feb. 14.

Under the ordinance, a resident would be allowed to keep no more than eight chickens, residents would need to get a license, chicken coops must meet double the required setback, no commercial activities will be allowed including the sale of eggs at a roadside stand, the sale of live or dressed chickens, the sale of live chicks or feathers.

The matter of having chickens on a residential property came before the town last year when Terry Mahovey-Ogden of W290 N2171 Happy Hollow Lane, had last year has been raising chickens for seven years.

In researching the matter, the town did realize it had an ordinance that did permit the raising of chickens in certain zoning districts. That ordinance allowed for the raising of "water fowl, minnows, and other similar lowland animals, fowl or fish." Mahovey-Ogden does not live in one of the districts that permits chickens.

The commission agreed to repeal that provision with the intent of replacing it with the new chicken ordinance.

During a public hearing on repealing the existing ordinance, Mahovey-Ogden said the new ordinance would be more restrictive for those living in agriculture districts.

Commissioner Ed Gratz was concerned that repealing the ordinance would take away privileges from those living in the designated districts.

The commission did recommend to the Town Board to repeal that ordinance.

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Spring Seedling Sale & Greenhouse Open House: 10 a.m. May 23, NuGenesis Farm, N68 W33208 County Road K, Oconomowoc. A variety of organic veggie and herb seedlings to plant in your home or community garden this spring will be for sale. All plant sale profits will benefit the Giving Garden initiative.

Memorial Honor Celebration: 8 a.m. May 23, Wisconsin Harley-Davidson, 1280 Blue Ribbon Drive, Oconomowoc. Daylong event begins with reveille and breakfast at 8 a.m. followed by color guard and the national anthem. The event also includes military and veterans organizations, interactive displays and vehicles, food and beverages and entertainment. Evening showing of “Honor Flight: One Last Mission.” on a big, outdoor screen.

"Small Space Container Gardens" Seminar: 11 a.m. May 23, Ebert’s Greenhouse Village, W1795 Fox Road, Ixonia. Free educational seminar by gardening expert Melinda Myers. Melinda, who will also be available to answer gardening questions. Enter to win a $500 Ebert’s shopping spree with Melinda.

Tyke Hike: 10 a.m. May 23, Lapham Peak State Park, W329 N846, Delafield. Children and their families will hike with a guide and a representative of the Delafield Library will share books, songs and a craft to enhance the experience. Meet at the Lapham Peak Tower. State park sticker is required.

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