White Oak eases backyard chicken coop rules
White Oak — The city of White Oak became one of East Texas’ most fowl-friendly towns Tuesday when its council loosened restrictions on chicken coops.
The adjusted ordinance allows chicken coops as close as 25 feet from a residence or occupied building. That’s a change from a policy that limited coops to at least 200 feet away from a house — all but forbidding keeping chickens in any heavily residential neighborhood.
“The ordinance was already in place. We just reduced the footage from a dwelling to allow folks if they want to raise hens,” said Mike Self, the city’s Public Works director. “We have a lot of people that are starting to go that direction.”
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