Land Use Planning Webinar Recording: Coping with Coops in the Neighborhood - How Chicken Conflicts are Being Addressed
Today, many nonfarm residents raise backyard chickens in urban and suburban settings. However, keeping chickens in developed areas poses challenges that are different from raising poultry in rural environments. While some cities and municipalities have restrictions on raising chickens or prohibit it completely, those interested in raising backyard chickens are questioning these ordinances.
The “Coping with Coops in the Neighborhood - How Chicken Conflicts are Being Addressed” Webinar will cover issues that can assist local appointed and elected officials in their considerations of ordinances relative to backyard chickens. It will also identify challenges faced by the urban poultry grower.
Upon registration, access is provided to the webinar recording. Access link is provided in the registration confirmation email.
Webinar Speakers & Descriptions
, Senior Instructor, 4-H & Specialty Poultry, Penn State Extension
Philip will provide information on acceptable practices of raising chickens in urban settings. This will include standards related to the housing, care, waste handling, and nuisance issues of the birds. In addition, Philip will discuss:
Good management practices of raising chickens
Common misconceptions about raising chickens
Issues that can promote positive change in the community
General ordinance provisions
Director, Penn State Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center
Ross will discuss what municipal officials need to consider for provisions in their local land use ordinances relative to raising chickens in developed areas. Items to be covered include community and residential protections as well as poultry health.
Economic & Community Development Extension Educator, Penn State Extension
Neal will discuss the purpose of the PA Municipalities Planning Code (MPC) and its relationship to agricultural uses, agricultural definitions and community objectives.
Chief Administrator, Municipality of Murrysville
Jim will discuss Murrysville’s experience with regulating backyard poultry operations in their community.
College of Agricultural Sciences
Penn State Extension
Penn State University
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