No ruffled feathersGranby Board considers permit request for chickens
April 16, 2015
A fowl topic was discussed at length by the Granby Board of Trustees on Tuesday night.
The Board considered a request to allow Amy and Jonathan Beach to keep chickens at 433 New Church Ave. The request made for interesting legal discussions as Granby Town Attorney Scotty Krob pointed out that, technically, under the Granby Town Code, hens are not considered "animals."
Krob elaborated explaining the Granby Town Code expressly forbids both swine and "male crowing fowl." Krob further explained that horses and mules can be allowed under special permit, requiring a public hearing. Rabbits and female fowl, however, are allowed in Granby Town limits under a permit. Residents are allowed one rabbit or fowl for each nine square feet of enclosed area.
There is a 10-cent fee per animal for groups of animals less than 10 in number registered under these guidelines. There is an additional one dollar fee for the permit itself. The Board approved the request for the permit to keep fowl at 433 New Church Ave. Town Clerk Deb Hess pointed out that the owners of the fowl would be required to renew their permit with the Town of Granby annually. The Beaches paid $1.60 to the Town for the fowl permit.
The Board also considered a request from Winter Park Winery to allow the business to sell bottles of wine at Granby's annual Fourth of July Celebrations held in Polhamus Park. To approve the request the Board would have had to pass an ordinance allowing a special use permit for winery showroom sales.
Town Clerk Deb Hess pointed out that if the Board chose to approve the request they would be unable, legally, to prevent Winter Park Winery from offering tasting samples of wine during the Fourth of July Celebrations.
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The Board chose not to approve the request, pointing out that no other forms of alcohol are allowed at the park during the summer holiday festival.