I’ve lived in Aiken County for 22 years and have a large investment into my second house, where I have lived for the past 12 years.
I have it up for sale and learned that someone in the county administration has brought up the issue of changing the law to allow chickens on our residentially zoned property.
The issue was tabled twice now and will be addressed again July 18, I was told. Why it’s up for discussion is beyond me when you consider the potential aggravation changing the law will create to the public.
I wrote to eight county council members opposing the idea trying to make them understand my objections; only three bothered to give me the courtesy of a response.
First of all, the idea is to allow the chickens on private property but it’s not private property if you are sharing a driveway with a neighbor such as is the case with my neighbor and me.
Secondly, chickens can get a host of diseases like Bird Flu. Coops smell really bad, and chickens have a tendency to get out and travel onto others property and using it as an outhouse — not good for children playing in the yard, and not good to burden law enforcement, adding to their workload when complaints have to be made.
Having said the above, I want to add that most people love their animals until they lose interest and create problems for those who live around them. From my perspective, it makes no sense to create a problem that doesn’t exist now.
Gregory J Topliff