The Chickens Are Coming

Posted on 26 April 2012

Almost a year after the Village of Sag Harbor formally legalized the keeping of chickens, the artist, educator and mother who championed the cause and helped draft the law came before the Sag Harbor Planning Board on Tuesday with the first official application for a chicken coop.

Grand Street resident Mare Dianora appeared before the planning board with an application to keep three chickens in a 74-by-39-inch coop and small adjoining pen.

Dianora pursued this legislation last year with the hopes of raising her own chickens for eggs, fertilizer and for the delight of her young son, Finny, who has been an eager attendant at all meetings in the village regarding chickens, clutching a stuffed yellow chicken as a sign of his support.

Under the village’s chicken law, people in residential districts can keep up to six chickens per 20,000 square-feet of lot area, or just shy of a half acre of land. Residents will not be able to have more than 18 chickens on their property, regardless of its size, and the sale of any poultry items, including eggs is prohibited.

The village has also regulated the size and setbacks for coops to protect neighbors.

Roosters are also prohibited and under the law residents must apply for a special exception permit through the planning board, meaning they have to go through a public hearing process to ensure if neighbors are against a proposal they have an opportunity to speak.

“I think everything in this application meets our criteria,” said board member Greg Ferraris.

According to village attorney Denise Schoen, if a public hearing on Dianora’s plans is met without protest she can expect the planning board to adopt an approval at its May 22 meeting.

The planning board will also hold a public hearing on a proposal by Rich Kresberg to expand Provisions Natural Foods Market & Organic Café into the former Style Bar on Bay Street.

Provisions currently occupies 2,450 square-feet of a multi-use building on Main and Bay streets. Kresberg hopes to annex the adjacent 777 square-feet of the former Style Bar space and add to the grocery store portion of Provisions and reconfigure its health-food centric café.

Kresberg does not plan to increase the number of seats in the café, said attorney Dennis Downes at last month’s meeting.

If the public hearing next month is met without opposition, Kresberg can expect an on-the-spot approval, said Schoen.

The Sag Harbor Planning Board will meet on May 22 at 5:30 p.m.

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One Response to “The Chickens Are Coming”

  1. Tim says:

    Chickens in densely populated residential areas like Sag Harbor are a really bad idea for the rest of us who are content to support our local merchants when it comes to poultry and eggs. They are noisy, dirty and attract vermin.

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