Western Pa. suburb nixes chicken-keeping ordinance

IRWIN, Pa. (AP) — The commissioners of a western Pennsylvania bedroom community have rejected a push by some resident to allow them to raise small flocks of chickens in the backyards of their suburban lots.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1eroxI7 ) reports the North Huntingdon commissioners nixed the idea 5-1 Thursday night.

Gayleen Fisher argued against the measure saying having “backyard chickens is regression. This is a progressive community with average-sized suburban lots.”

But supporters say raising chickens in urban and suburban areas is a trendy, smart and progressive idea that’s becoming increasingly popular.

Tiffany Alchof supported the ordinance and says, “Chickens are much quieter than dogs, kids, lawnmowers, motorcycles and the Norwin Band” — the local high school’s marching unit.

The commissioners voted against the ordinance largely due to constituent complaints and concerns about enforcing the measure.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com

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