Due to family obligations this evening I missed tonight's Planning Commission meeting where they were scheduled to discuss the issue of backyard chicken raising, on a very limited basis. I have received e-mails from both sides of the coop since the issue was first hatched and I imagine that feathers will be flying until this matter is finally settled in mid-March when it comes in front of council. I was copied on an e-mail last week that was sent to the Planning Commission that included the "Myths & Facts document" below as well as proposed ordinance changes. Since these are now part of the record and I believe part of the official meeting; I thought I would share them here. Linked is the staff memo outlining the issue and here is the current version of the proposed ordinance that would limit the number of chickens to six (no roosters) unless the property was very large and then the number could only go up to a maximum of eight.
I will be interested in hearing feedback from the Planning Commission meeting to see how they voted. Did anyone attend? (Update Rick Callihan attended stating that the chicken issue passed 7 - 0 and he posted a recap here.)