The Accomack County Board of Supervisors has decided to impose tighter regulations on poultry houses.
They are believed to be the toughest rules for the poultry industry on Delmarva.
The Salisbury Daily Times reports that under the ordinance approved on Wednesday the new regulations range from requiring a landscape plan and a maximum of five chicken houses per acre to increased setbacks from existing homes, mobile home parks and other structures.
There would also be a new 400-feeot setback from undeveloped property.
But the unanimous vote didn’t come under Supervisor Robert Crockett took after two non-profit groups in a fifteen minute speech charging they wanted to end poultry growing in the county.
The groups singled out were Citizens for a better Eastern Shore and the Virginia Eastern Shorekeeper.