What’s the Deal with the Chickens?

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We have been receiving a number of phone calls from people asking about the status of the City’s proposed Backyard Chicken Ordinance.

As many may be aware, the Planning Commission has been studying the issue in-depth since April in response to increased requests from citizens wishing to keep chickens in their backyard for fresh, organic eggs.  It’s currently a prohibited activity in the City unless your property is designated as a “farm” under the Zoning Ordinance.

The Commission intends to finalize its recommendations to the City Council later this month.  So, we encourage all who may be interested to attend their next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, July 31st at 7:00 p.m., which will be held in the Council Chamber.   We would love to hear your comments and suggestions.

If the City Council finds the proposed ordinance acceptable, then a new law could be in place by late August.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 248-364-6900.