Cassopolis to consider resident's request to have chickens, cow on property

The Michigan village’s planning commission will consider a request to revise its ban on livestock at a hearing later this month.

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 2:02 p.m.

CASSOPOLIS, Mich. — The village of Cassopolis’ planning commission will be holding a hearing at 6:30 p.m. June 24 on a request from a resident to modify a change in the ordinance to house chickens and a cow on village property.

According to Cindy McGrow, village manager, this request, if approved, would be a change in the ordinance. Chickens and large animals are prohibited in the village, she said. “This is a sensitive issue. The owner has almost four acres within the village limit.” said McGrow.

She said most parcels require one-eighth to one-half acre to house animals.

The village planning commission will hear the request with the results to go to the council for its decision. People who are unable to attend the hearing can send comments to the village clerk at 117 Broadway St., Cassopolis, MI 49031 or send to the manager at lagrowdc@sbcglobal.net.

The issue of chickens in urban settings has come up recently in Elkhart and Goshen. Goshen has adopted a limited policy permitting chickens within city limits, while Elkhart is considering one.

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