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Anneke Larrance with her two young chickens, in the village of Canton.
Anneke Larrance with her two young chickens, in the village of Canton.

Zoning 101: Who gets to have chickens?

Here in the North Country, we live in communities that are divided up into different zones: Town or village, residential or agricultural. But is a village also part of a town? Is a town more rural than a village? Different zones have different rules. How do those rules get formed? One big way this plays out is agricultural zones. One example of this is in Canton.

A couple of weeks ago, after a year-long debate, the town of Canton decided to allow people to have chickens, with some big caveats. you have to submit a plan to the planning board, pay $40, you can have a maximum of six chickens. But the ironic thing is that the village of Canton already allows chickens.  Go to full article