The item first appeared before the council on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
According to the ordinance, up to six chickens can be kept in one residential parcel. Roosters are not allowed. A coop must be kept 15 feet from any property line and 10 feet from an inhabitable building. The coop must be kept behind a solid wall or a fence and have at least four square feet for each chicken cared for. The chickens will need to be kept in a sanitary and healthy condition. Chicken feed will need to be stored in a rodent proof container, according to the new measure.
According to a city staff report provided by City Planner Joel Andrews, the city currently allows dogs, cats, miniature pot-bellied pigs and any other animals continuously confined within a cage, terrarium or aquarium within a residence.
Councilman Dominic Farinha advocated for the new ordinance, saying some people are not meant to be dog or cat owners, but could own chickens.
“I’m someone that feels strongly about animal advocacy,” Farinha said. “There is a growing trend toward chickens; 150 cities in California currently allow them.”
Farinha said he believed that owning chickens didn’t create a nuisance.
“There are not bad pets, just bad pet owners,” he said.
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