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Policy Summary

This provision regulates the keeping of chickens for non-commercial purposes in all districts, including allowing them to be kept in non-agricultural, residential areas on lots that are at least 20,000 square feet. It also permits the sale of surplus chicken eggs directly to an end user or as a donation to a local food bank. It also allows 4-H projects or other youth projects, additional chickens may be kept for a temporary time with permission.

Background Information

State Pennsylvania
Jurisdiction Name West Brandywine
Jurisdiction Type Town/Township,
Population Size 5,000-50,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
Yes

See references to "youth projects" and "food bank." § 200-98(E)(12).

Health-related goal?
Yes

See this language: "to protect the public health in residential areas"(§ 200-98(E)(9)), and "this chapter has been enacted to promote the public health, safety, morals and general welfare of the inhabitants of West Brandywine Township. Promote the public health, safety, morals and general welfare of the inhabitants of West Brandywine Township" (§ 200-2).

Environmental goal?
Yes

Zoning chapter refers to community development objective of "conserve natural resources by maintaining environmental stability" and preserving "the rural character" of the town. See § 200-3.

Economic goal?
Unclear

Zoning chapter refers to "conserving the value of land and buildings." § 200-2.

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
Yes

The purpose of the zoning code in general is as follows: "This chapter has been enacted to promote the public health, safety, morals and general welfare of the inhabitants of West Brandywine Township…" § 200-2.

Includes definitions?
Yes

§ 200-8

Addresses implementation?
Yes

General administrative duties pertaining to the Zoning Officer are provided, including review and issuance of permits. § 200-156.

Enforcement provisions?
Yes

"Any person, partnership or corporation who or which has violated or permitted the violation of any provisions of this chapter shall, upon being found liable therefor in a civil enforcement proceeding commenced by a Township, pay a judgment of not more than $1,000 plus all court costs, including reasonable attorney fees incurred by a Township as a result thereof." § 200-169(A).

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

Section 200-98 is located in Part II (General Legislation), Chapter 200 (Zoning), Article XIV (General Standards). History: Added 5-2-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-05.