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Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 6:00am

Chatham Moves To Allow Backyard Animals

Backyard chickens, bees and other creatures could soon be legal residents in Chatham County near Georgia's coast.

The Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission this week approved a zoning ordinance amendment that would allow homeowners in unincorporated parts of the county to keep a limited number of chickens, bees and other livestock on their property regardless of zoning classification.

The change now goes before the Chatham County Commission for possible approval at its next meeting Sept. 7.

If the ordinance is approved, chickens like those kept by celebrity chef Paula Deen of Wilmington Island will be legal residents.