Youngstown Zoning Appeals Board break up on permitting resident to boost hens in metropolis


Tricia D’Avignon wants to set up a hen house with several chickens on her property and use their droppings for gardening

by: Alexis Walters

Posted: Jan 19, 2021 / 9:37 AM EST
Updated: Jan 19, 2021 / 9:43 AM EST

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – On Tuesday evening, the Youngstown Board of Zoning Appeals virtually debated whether or not to allow chickens in the city.

The topic was raised because a resident wants to raise her on her property.

It was a separate decision whether or not Tricia D’Avignon could have chickens on her property on Wilma Avenue, just off Market Street.

“I do a lot of gardening right now and this would be an extension of the gardening on my property to get fresh eggs from my chickens,” she said.

She wants to set up a 5 × 6 foot hen house with several chickens on her property and use their droppings for gardening.

Your plan will be approved by the health department.

“I would like between six and eight. A lot of the things I read said it was good to have chickens together, ”said D’Avignon.

Some councilors and neighbors are all in favor. They even look forward to the benefits.

“We were hoping for some good omelets,” said Steve Poulos.

Others aren’t on board, like councilor Anita Davis, who worries neighbors will oppose it.

“I never supported that very much. We legally lost chickens in town many, many years ago, and like I said, while I’ve only heard from two people based on the feedback, the feedback was against the approval of that permit, “Davis said.

The few neighbors who oppose the barn worry not only about the chickens, but also about the other animals it might attract, like raccoons and possums.

“Basically I bought in town because I didn’t want to be around animals like that. We previously had a very expensive problem with the raccoons, with the possums. I don’t want to have to pay for another trapper, ”said neighbor Stacy Johns.

No chickens are currently allowed on Wilma Avenue.

When it came to a vote, it was so divided that they decided to wait until the February meeting. You plan to get written explanations from neighbors and see more information on previous cases that have been approved or denied.