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Can't Raise Chickens in Sleepy Hollow

That is, unless you're a Rockefeller.

The Sleepy Hollow Board of Trustees passed an updated, streamlined and web-friendly set of village codes.

According to Village Administrator Anthony Giaccio, this is probably the first time since the beginning of our village codes – most of whose many pages came in the ‘60s and ‘70s – that they’ve gone over the whole set comprehensively.

They changed the wording of livestock law. Though this might strike some as irrelevant in this day and age, some citizens had expressed interest raising chickens on their property for fresh eggs. Alas, unless you live in the so-called R-1 area – the northeast corner where the Rockefellers roam – you cannot have livestock on your land. You also have to live on at least an acre of property.

Also, the Village identified and scrapped many laws that conflicted with state laws, were redundant with state laws, or were just plain old.

In the antiquated category: Village Code had said that every bicycle needed to have a bell "or gong." That item was removed.

There were a few controversial bumps along the way – the Architectural Review Board for one. The ARB was ultimately downsized, with more authority given instead to the village building inspector Sean McCarthy.

The tree policy was another point of debate. The tree permit policy was streamlined with a reduced threshold at which residents need a permit to cut down a tree. Citizens can cut without a permit within 10 feet of their house.

Finally, there was the issue of ball-playing being banned in the street, which after mixed debate, was ultimately dropped.

“It was taken out of the code because other codes can be used to enforce it, such as noise ordinance, nuisance, obstruction of right of way,” Giaccio said.

The codes in full aren't available online yet, but will be "forthcoming," he said.

pauline schneider February 09, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Tragic to create a code that restricts people's human right to grow and raise food as they see fit on their own properties. Producing Food is a basic human right. We need to stop these terrible mistakes from happening. We cannot allow laws where only the wealthy land owners are able to grow and raise food. Might as well live in a third world nation.

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