KINGSTON — The voters have spoken loud and clear: Roosters are no longer welcome in some parts of town.
Voters this week passed a warrant article recommended by the Planning Board, 775 in favor to 506 against, that allows chickens and the sale of eggs, but bans roosters in parts of town that are zoned as a single-family residential district.
The article was proposed in response to complaints about the noise from roosters, according to Peter Coffin, vice chairman of the Planning Board.
Coffin said the board looked at how other towns solved the problem and felt the proposed rule change in the single-family residential zone “seemed to be the most reasonable.”
The zone generally includes housing developments and streets with only residential areas and houses that are close together.
Coffin said he’s not sure how the town will handle any residents in the zone who own roosters, but insisted, “There’s not going to be rooster police going around.”
Coffin said he doesn’t believe concerns about rooster noise is a widespread problem and could only recall one person complaining about getting sleep because of multiple roosters.
“If some people think that it’s gone too far then there could be a citizens’ petition to reverse that in the future,” he said.
Planning Board member Chris Bashaw said he was against the warrant article because he felt the proposal “made it sound as if it was granting the rights to have hens and just not granting roosters, but there were no prohibitions on any sex chickens currently so it was really a prohibition on roosters.”
Bashaw used to own chickens, and while he no longer has them, he said still wants to preserve individual freedoms and property rights.
He said he wasn’t aware of any issues with roosters.
“And if there were any ongoing issues, prohibiting everyone that lives in a specific zone and punishing all owners is never a good answer,” he said.