ORDINANCE NO. 744 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PATTERSON ADDING CHAPTER 7.22 TO THE PATTERSON MUNICIPAL CODE ENTITLED "CHICKENS

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ORDINANCE NO. 744

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL
OF THE CITY OF PATTERSON
ADDING CHAPTER 7.22 TO THE PATTERSON MUNICIPAL CODE
ENTITLED "CHICKENS"

The City Council of the City of Patterson does hereby ordain as follows:

Section 1 : That Chapter 7.22 is hereby added to the Patterson Municipal Code as follows:

Chapter 7.22 CHICKENS

7.22.010 Purpose & Intent
7.22.020 Definitions.
7.22.030 Keeping of Chickens.
7.22.040 Public Nuisance.
7.22.010 Purpose & Intent
The keeping of chickens in the city supports a local, sustainable food system by providing an affordable, nutritious source of protein through fresh eggs.
7.22.020 Definitions.
For the purposes of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:

A. "Chicken" means Gallus gallus domesticus. This definition does not include other fowl, such as, but not limited to peacocks, turkeys, or waterfowl.
B. "Chicken Coop" means an enclosed structure for housing chickens that provides shelter from the elements.
C. "Chicken Run" means an enclosed outside yard for keeping chickens.
D. "Rooster" means a male chicken.

7.22.030 Keeping of Chickens.

A) No more than six (6) adult chickens are allowed per parcel provided that if a person has more than six (6) adult poultry. The keeping of additional chickens shall require a Conditional Use Permit consistent with the provision in Chapter 18.18.

B) The keeping of chickens, as outlined in this section, shall only be permitted in the LR, Low Density Residential, DR, Downtown Residential, and ER, Estate Residential Zones.

C) It is a violation for any person to own, possess or harbor a rooster within the City limits.

D) Any person owning or having charge and control of chickens shall:
1) Provide a chicken coop that affords shelter from the elements;
2) Keep chickens in a clean, sanitary and healthy condition and confined to the owners’ property. Animal waste, fecal matter, feathers or other chicken debris shall not be allowed to accumulate on any public property; and
3) Store chicken feed in a rodent proof container.

D) All chicken coops shall:
1) Be located at least fifteen feet from any property line;
2) Be located at least ten feet from any inhabitable building;
3) Be located outside of the front setback;
4) Be located behind a solid fence or wall;
5) Provide a minimum of four (4) square feet of space per chicken;
6) Provide shelter from the elements; and
7) Be attached to a chicken run that provides a minimum of ten (10) square feet of space per chicken.

E) It shall be unlawful for any person owning or having the charge and control of any chicken to permit the same to run at large upon any streets, alleys, or public places within the City limits of Patterson.

7.22.040 Public Nuisance.
Failure to comply with the provision of this section shall constitute a public nuisance.

If any article, chapter, section, subsection, paragraph, clause or phrase of this Ordinance for any reason shall be held to be invalid or unconstitutional, the decision shall not affect the remaining portions of this Ordinance. The City Council of the City of Patterson hereby declares that it would have enacted this Ordinance and each article, chapter, sections, subsection, paragraphs, clause or phrase hereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more articles, sections, subsections, paragraphs, clauses or phrases are declared to be invalid or unconstitutional.

This Ordinance shall be published by one insertion in the Patterson Irrigator, a newspaper of general circulation printed and published in the City of Patterson, within fifteen (15) days after its final passage, and shall take effect and be in force thirty (30) days from and after its final passage.

The foregoing Ordinance was introduced at a regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Patterson held on the 3rd day of September 2013, by Councilmember Farinha, who moved its introduction, which motion being duly seconded by Councilmember Lustgarten. Said Ordinance was given a second reading at a regular meeting of the City Council held on the 17th day of September 2013, and after such reading, Councilmember Farinha moved its adoption, seconded by Councilmember Lustgarten, and said Ordinance was thereupon adopted by the following vote:

AYES: Councilmembers Buehner, Farinha, Lustgarten and Mayor Molina

NOES: None

EXCUSED: Councilmember Novelli


APPROVED:

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Luis I. Molina, Mayor of the City of Patterson

ATTEST:

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Maricela Vela, City Clerk of the City of Patterson

9/26/13