West Carrollton survey to show if residents want chickens as neighbors

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West Carrollton survey to show if residents want chickens as neighbors

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Several communities in Ohio — including Cincinnati and in the northern part of the state — have approved measures allowing livestock in residential areas. FILE PHOTO

Results of a West Carrollton survey about residents’ interest in allowing livestock in neighborhood areas are expected to be revealed this week.

The city asked for residents’ input on the issue that has discussed in several area cities, including Beavercreek, Dayton and Huber Heights.

The city last month posted a survey on its website about farm animals. Aside from seeking the community’s interest, the short questionnaire also sought feedback on what animals should be allowed and under what conditions. Ducks, pigs and chickens were among those mentioned in the survey.

The West Carrollton City Council has talked about researching legislation to allow “urban livestock” in residential areas. However, it asked city planners to put a hold on that work due to pending state legislation.

Ohio House Bill 175 would allow – but limit the number of — small livestock in a residential backyard based on overall acreage and the type of animal. The bill would also set conditions for the small livestock owners to follow.

West Carrollton’s survey results are scheduled to be discussed Tuesday night at its city council meeting, which is at 6:30 p.m. at the West Carrollton Civic Center.

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