HARRIS TOWNSHIP The fowl debate heads back to the Board of Supervisors for discussion Jan. 3 but without the public hearing.
Township solicitor Patrick Fanelli, who reviewed the latest approved draft of the ordinance to allow chicken hens on residential lots, determined it cannot require those seeking a chicken permit to get permission from their neighbors.
The board narrowly approved the draft ordinance last week, with a provision that permit applicants should seek permission from adjacent property owners.
Fanelli said at issue is whether doing so would give too much decision- making power to the neighbors, instead of the township.
Its the municipalitys job to determine whats in the best interest of the residents, in an effort to protect their health, safety and welfare, Fanelli said. Certainly I think its appropriate for the municipality to get input. I think the concept is a good one.
Fanelli said he hasnt yet worked with the township on alternate language to address the allowance of neighbor input.
Manager Amy Farkas said the board will discuss the ordinance again during its Jan. 3 meeting, which begins with a reorganization-al meeting at 4:30 p.m. The public hearing previously scheduled for that date will not take place; instead, the board will discuss how to proceed with the ordinance, Farkas said.
Jessica VanderKolk can be reached at 235-3910.