White Oak eases backyard chicken coop rules

White Oak eases backyard chicken coop rules
Longview News-Journal

POSTED: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 10:33am

UPDATED: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 10:44am

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.”

Self said there had been talk around town from any number of people who wanted to raise hens and have fresh eggs — so the City Council decided to make that more feasible.

Self added that he plans to buy chickens of his own and have fresh eggs, too, although he owns enough land to raise chickens before the ordinance changed.

“This is going to give a wide spectrum of citizens the opportunity to own chickens,” Self said.

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