Council Considers Chicken Bill Tues., Sept. 1

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With the Metro Planning Commission recommending passage last week of a bill that would allow poultry in the Urban Services District, a yes vote from Metro Council is all that's left to make chickens legal in residential areas in the city. On Tuesday, Sept. 1, Council will have second reading of the bill, which would allow certain domestic farm animals on properties between one-tenth and five acres.

According to the bill on Tuesday's Council agenda, urban dwellers could house poultry birds--excluding roosters--in a coop, in the back yard, as egg-layers or pets only (no butchering), with the following numbers of birds per acre:

2 per 0.09 to 0.11 acres

4 per 0.12 to 0.23 acres

6 per 0.24 to 1.99 acres

Unlimited on 2 or more acres

Birds must be set back 25 feet from any residential structure and 10 feet from the property line.

Tuesday's second reading (6:00 p.m. at the Courthouse) is open for public comment, and chicken advocates are trying to get the word out.

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