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Bethlehem Scout wants to raise chickens as pets; needs site plan approval

— Manley is proposing to keep three chickens in a coop in his parents’ backyard. The backyard is enclosed with fencing and buffers from neighboring houses. An attached, fenced runner will also be built so the chickens can run outdoors.

Planning staff said waste management should be a concern in order to control odors, the type of bedding used and what to do with the waste. It was recommended that the waste also be composted.

Three neighbors came forward in favor of the proposals to raise the chickens.

Resident Ann Johnson said she was in favor of the idea because she thinks it’s a flourishing trend that is helping the “grow your own food” movement.

“Even in the City of Los Angeles now, you can have backyard chickens,” said Johnson. “I think Luke is on the right track, and I hope you will support his application.”

Planning board members saw it as a positive that the neighbors were behind the proposal.

The application was tabled until the next meeting so Planning Board members had more time to look over the material.

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