April 19, 2024 |

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In Saratoga, keeping chickens in yards has turned into a hot topic. The planning commission will decide whether or not to allow egg laying fowl within town limits at its next meeting.

During the March 19th Saratoga town council meeting, former councilman Jon Nelson asked the board to amend the town’s ordinances to allow residents to keep hens in their yards.

Currently, ordinances forbid in-town residents from keeping any sort of livestock animals on their property. Nelson suggested changing the rules to allow people to possess egg-laying hens.

At this week’s town council meeting. Public Works Director Emery Penner said the Planning and Zoning Commission considered a chicken permit at their last meeting but could not reach a decision. Penner asked residents to attend the next Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

Penner misspoke. The next Planning and Zoning Commission meeting is on May 14th at 5:30pm in the Saratoga town hall. Penner encouraged residents to come and voice their opinions about keeping chickens in town.

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