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Planners hear plea for chickens

South Boston resident Joy Coe appeared before the South Boston Planning Commission Wednesday and asked them to consider a change in the town’s zoning ordinance to allow her to keep chickens at her Grove Avenue home.

The City of Richmond has amended its zoning ordinance recently to make it legal to own up to four hens in residential areas.

The zoning change will extend to chickens the exemption that allows dog and cats, but not other domestic animals, to be kept on single-family lots.

South Boston currently allows raising and keeping of livestock on lots of not less than two acres in area in a R-1 low density residential district, provided that not more than one animal per acre shall be kept on the premises, among other conditions.

Coe currently resides in a R-2 medium density district that currently is not zoned for raising and keeping of livestock, according to Assistant Zoning Administrator Hope Cole.

Planners agreed to study the issue as part of its continuing zoning ordinance update.

In other business, planners recommended approval of a Special Use Permit for Troy Comer to operate an auto and truck general repair establishment at 1019 Wilborn Avenue, in a B-23 General Business District.

Planners recommended one condition, that being Comer does all work inside the building.

Planners George Leonard, Fields Thomas, Harriet Claiborne and Beverly Crowder voted to recommend the permit, with planners Christopher Davis, Bob Hughes and Roger Long absent.