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Martinsville considers allowing backyard chickens

Monday - 7/21/2014, 3:26pm  ET

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Martinsville's City Council is considering a proposal to allow residents to keep chickens in their backyards.

The proposed ordinance would require residents to obtain a special use permit to keep backyard chickens. The City Council and the Martinsville Planning Commission would hold public hearings on applications for permits.

Applicants also would have to pay a $200 fee.

The Martinsville Bulletin ( ) reports that the council will hear public comments on the proposal at its meeting on Tuesday night.


Information from: Martinsville Bulletin,

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