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Agriculture ordinance passes in Clinton Township

CAPTION: An exterior shot of the Clinton Township municipal building on Saxonburg Boulevard. William Pitts/Butler Eagle. 12/13/2023

CLINTON TWP — At a special meeting on Thursday, Dec. 28, supervisors passed an amendment to the township’s agriculture ordinance which will clarify its stance on the ownership of chickens and other domesticated agricultural animals at home.

Previously, the agriculture section of the township code consisted of only two lines: “No animal agriculture shall occur on a lot less than 5 acres,” and “no building housing livestock shall be within 100 feet of a dwelling zoned rural residential.”

The amended ordinance adds a section permitting residents of lots under five acres to “possess certain domesticated agricultural animals as pets,” such as “egg-laying chickens, geese, ducks in a pond, etc,” so long as they comply with relevant state and federal laws and township codes.

All pet owners would have to make sure their animals stay on their property and make sure they live in sanitary conditions.

The ordinance passed without incident or comment.

There was a public hearing for the ordinance, along with two other items, on Thursday afternoon before the special meeting. Although the public hearings were advertised twice in the Butler Eagle, as well as on the township’s website, only three residents attended and none spoke.

The other items discussed were ordinances to reduce the speed limit on a two-mile stretch of Brewer Road from 35 miles per hour to 25, and to make minor changes to the township’s zoning map. Both items also passed unanimously.

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