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Spotsylvania supervisors to consider chicken, development issues

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

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, called the Unified Development Ordinance, in an effort to be more business-friendly.