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Plainville woman told she can no longer keep chickens on property


According to new zoning regulations, residents can no longer keep chickens on their properties in Plainville, and the change is not setting well with at least one woman.

"I thought we had more than enough room here and this used to be a farm," said Roberta Lalama, who has been raising chickens in her backyard since March.

There are 10 chickens in Lalama's backyard and she along with a friend care for them.

"I have a big yard and they're quiet, and clean," she said. "And everybody else loves them."

Lalama's home is a residential neighborhood, and Plainville zoning requires two acres to keep livestock, which includes chickens.

"I think it's so crazy. You know, they're not doing anything wrong," said neighbor Lee Ann Cavaliere. "We don't even hear the chickens you know."

Neighbor Susan Nestor agreed with Cavaliere.

"I'm for them 100 percent," she said.

However, complaints were filed with the town, and the zoning board has denied their appeal for a variance.

"So round two is going to change the ordinance," Lalama said. "I want to find a foster home for my girls temporarily and while I'm trying to work on changing the ordinance."

Lalama said the chickens will be heading off to a foster home while she continues her fight.

Lalama said she knows that getting changes in zoning is a long and difficult task, but she's determined to try.

"Why do you feel this strongly about this because I love them and it's a matter of principal," she said.

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