The Ann Arbor News reports that the city council approved (by a vote of 7-4) an ordinance allowing up to 4 chickens per resident:
Congrats to City Council Member Steve Kunselman, who promoted the plan and to everyone who worked so hard to make the change, especially the twenty or so folks who showed up at the meeting to make the case for the ordinance, summarized as:
The change still requires community members who want to keep chickens to get an OK from neighbors. Evidence of that approval will be required to get a permit.
It also creates setback requirements for coops and addresses noise, pest and other issues.
The council will review the ordinance a year after it goes into effect.
City officials said it will take 60 days to put a permit process in place.
• Permits granted only to residents of single- or two-family homes.It's great to see such progress taking place to bring more Urban Chickens to backyards across the country.
• Birds have to be provided with a covered enclosure and fenced or in that enclosure at all times.
• Chicken coops have to be 10 feet from any property line and no closer than 40 feet from any residential structure on an adjacent property. (Neighbors could agree to a waiver.)
• Coops and feed have to be secured to prevent problems with mice or other pests.