In response to requests by residents, the Township of Springwater is asking community members for their feedback on the keeping of "backyard chickens" in residential areas.
A public open house will be held on November 7, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Township Administration Centre (2231 Nursery Road, Minesing) to discuss the topic.
Currently, our Official Plan and Zoning By-law require all new livestock uses, including chickens, to be located on agriculturally zoned properties. Those properties must have a minimum lot area of 35 hectares (86.5 acres) and are subject to a Minimum Distance Separation (MDS) formula to mitigate offsite impacts. Backyard chickens on non-farm lots in Springwater are prohibited outright and enforced by the Township’s By-law Department.
If the Township changes the way in which backyard chickens are regulated, amendments to the Township’s land use documents and Animal Control By-law would be required.
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