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Spotsy supervisors to talk about chickens

The Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors will tackle two issues being discussed in Fredericksburg as well—allowing chickens to be raised in residential areas and streamlining the development process.

Spotsylvania’s supervisors will hold an Aug. 15 work session with the Planning Commission on allowing chickens to be raised in residential areas, according to county records. Chicken ownership has grown in popularity nationwide as people look to raise local food; many localities have passed ordinances allowing residents to raise hens.

The Fredericksburg City Council has been studying the issue and also may allow city residents to own bees. A vote is scheduled Aug. 14.

Spotsylvania’s supervisors will also soon consider amending the permitting process to streamline the zoning code, reduce regulations and promote economic development. Fredericksburg has been working on a similar initiative, the Unified Development Ordinance, in an effort to be more business-friendly.

–Bill Freehling