Local animal ordinance

Asked July 15, 2013, 10:56 AM EDT

Are public schools exempt from a local ordinance that prohibits "keeping of chickens" in an area not zoned rural?

Muskegon County Michigan

1 Response

This simple question raises two of the thorniest legal questions facing municipal zoning authorities today. There is unclear law, and argument about proper interpretation concerning this aspect of the Right to Farm Act. There is unclear law, and argument about proper interpretation concerning this aspect of jurisdiction of zoning over schools for non-school building land uses.

Whatever the community does may result in a lawsuit. This is a question best put to a municipal attorney who is very experienced in municipal, planning, and zoning law.