Other zoning ordinance changes
Chickens will now be allowed in residential districts in Stearns County. The Board of Commissioners Tuesday, April 23, voted to change the County’s Land Use and Zoning Ordinance to allow for chickens in R-1 and R-5 districts.
In R-1 zoning districts, up to 12 chickens will be allowed. In an R-5 zoning district, 15 chickens will be allowed for 1 acre, with an additional 4 permitted per additional acre up to 5 acres, allowing for a maximum of 31 chickens in an R-5.
All chickens in residential districts must be confined with a coop and/or fence, and set back 10 feet from all property lines.
The raising of chickens in residential districts will be allowed as a provisional use, meaning the birds must be registered with Stearns County’s Environmental Service Department.
Commissioners, Tuesday, also approved allowing contractor’s yards in agricultural zoning districts as a conditional use, permitting contractors to use property in an agricultural zone for their business.
At the previous Board Meeting on April 9, Commissioners agreed not to include in the Land Use and Zoning Ordinance an allowance for motor cross tracks within