An egg-cellent choice: Chickens and bees legalized in Brookhaven
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Brookhaven, GA, July 3, 2017 – Brookhaven is now the home of the freshest eggs and sweetest honey. The Brookhaven City Council has adopted an ordinance allowing Brookhaven residents to keep chickens and other domestic fowl in a limited capacity within the City, as well as allow limited beekeeping under certain conditions.
“We have heard a groundswell of support from the community in favor of allowing chickens and beekeeping in the context of organic gardening,” said Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst. “This ordinance strikes the delicate balance of allowing certain domestic fowl, with a minimal impact on other property owners, which is also very important.”
The new ordinance applies only to lots larger than 6,000 square feet and allows 1 bird per 1,000 square feet of lot size, with a maximum of 25 fowl for any lot. Pen areas are required to be situated at least 7.5 feet from the lot line. Roosters and other livestock are excluded from the ordinance. Bees can only be kept on lots larger than one quarter of an acre, and no more than 8 hives can be kept on any lot.
“Until now, the city code gave Brookhaven residents little guidance on the rules and regulations for keeping chickens and other domestic fowl, and no guidance on beekeeping. With these additions, Brookhaven is taking a big step in support of urban agriculture," said Mayor Ernst.
The new ordinance also requires that animals must be kept in sanitary conditions and shall not be a public nuisance. The ordinance goes into effect on Aug. 1.
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