The cluck stops here: Chickens considered for residential zones

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Lindsay Street/Independent Backyard chickens like these aren't allowed for most of Berkeley County's residential zones, but County Council will have a chance to change local ordinances soon.

Want fresh eggs out of your backyard? If you’re in most of Berkeley County’s residential zones, you’re out of luck.

But that might change.

According to county Director of Planning Eric Greenway, new language allowing backyard poultry will be introduced to the April planning commission. The ordinance would then go to the land-use committee in May for council action.

“We take small steps, and we take those small steps quickly and efficiently and, eventually, we’re going to get there,” Greenway said.

The question of chickens for residential zones came during the county’s first meeting with farmers and agricultural stakeholders to hear concerns March 25.

Other concerns noted during the meeting included:

• Opening a Moncks Corner farmers market; Councilman Jack Schurlknight said it’s possible to use economic development funds for this project

• The inconvenience of having the county extension office at Cypress Gardens, instead of at the county administrative building in Moncks Corner

• Unsolved drainage issues on county roads

• Property thefts and crime in rural Berkeley County

• Wrecks along rural roads

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