Day: March 21, 2011

Council kick-starts process to allow urban chickens

UPDATE 3/21/11 @ 8:37 p.m. The Keizer City Council voted 6-1 to start the text amendment process that would allow chickens in urban zones of the city. Councilor Jim Taylor was the no vote. Conditions attached to the proposal include limiting owners to three hens and create a five-foot setback from all fence and property lines. Roosters would not be allowed. Several public hearings remain before the city’s development code would change to expand the zones where chickens are allowed. Currently the birds are only allowed in agricultural zones. More in Friday’s Keizertimes. For an in-depth look at the experience other cities have had with urban chickens check out our story below. By JASON COX of the Keizertimes The urban chicken is up for debate at the Keizer City Council this coming Monday. Judging by a January work session where councilors sought information – where both chicken lovers and opponents expressed their hopes and fears about the world’s most common bird – one can expect a cacophony of clucking both for and against the proposal. Code Enforcement Officer Tony Casker of Keizer said his department’s concerns include not only odors and noise, but how the birds might be best contained to avoid the jaws of another common backyard animal – the humble dog. Staff will be proposing the yes or no question, and councilors would have to initiate a text...

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