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Radnor Board Pecks at Backyard Chicken Idea

Garrett Hill resident Sara Pilling is leading a movement for backyard egg-laying hens.

The proposal to create an ordinance that would allow and regulate backyard chickens in Radnor Township did not get clucks of support from the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners on Monday night.

Resident Sara Pilling was requesting that Radnor revise or replace the existing code that only allows hatcheries on 10 acres in an agricultural area to allow, with restrictions, a coop as an accessory use in all residential zones.

"There are lots of chickens in Radnor Township right now. But we’d like to see them legal and regulated and protected," Pilling told the board.

Board president Bill Spingler said he has never seen any chickens in Radnor and that he does not support the idea. "If I had two, three chickens in my yard, the neighbors around me are not going to all be supportive of that," he said.

A motion was made to have township staff work with Pilling and other supporters to craft a draft ordinance. Elaine Paul Schaefer, John Nagle and John Fisher voted for the motion while Spingler, Don Curley and Kevin Higgins voted against it. Commissioner Jim Higgins did not vote because he was not in the room for the discussion, so a tied vote equals no action on the board's part.

Curley did tell Pilling to get him information on chicken ordinances and he would read it over.

What do you think of the backyard chickens proposal?

Sharpie September 28, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Gotta love it too..
Renov8 September 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Just wait until the MSM gets a hold of this "breaking news". The commishioners are out of touch. When was the last time they did something resourceful?
Radnor Patch ISN'T About Radnor Anymore :( September 29, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Spingler's comment ranks right up with some of Biden's brilliant remarks! Maybe they're brothers :)
John Rogers September 30, 2012 at 02:22 AM
I'd prefer more chickens and fewer poorly driven Range Rovers in Radnor, but that's just me.
Jennifer Rogers October 03, 2012 at 01:16 AM
I, for one, like knowing where the food I prepare for my child comes from. Raising chickens in your backyard provides just that, as well as many valuable life lessons.

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