Sussex County in talks of changing poultry regulations

Sussex County in talks of changing...

SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. - Sussex County is contemplating an ordinance change to poultry house farms in the area. The County is considering possible zoning rule changes that would govern setbacks, buffers, and ventilation.

During the public council meeting Tuesday, members discussed adopting new policies for chicken farms in Sussex County.

Council member Rob Arlett tells 47 ABC with the chicken industry emerging into a more commercial market, with farms adding more chicken houses than ever before, has caused some concerns in residential areas.

"We're going to look at it. We're going to seek the input of the public as we see what we want to do the way that it's currently zoned. We have an agricultural residential zone that these chickens are being raised on as well as residential. But as they get bigger do they impact neighboring communities?" explains Arlett.

Arlett tells 47 ABC they have made no decision yet on new changes thus far. He says they are planning to have a public forum in the coming weeks to hear what the public has to say.

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