Why's his post so good? He logically lays out what he's seeking in the ordinance, his review of existing ordinances and provides a bit of background as to why people are interested in urban chicken farming (reasons given: locavorism, energy costs and food safety).
Doug then provides both the lay-person's reading of the ordinance and the technical reading of the ordinance.
For us lay folk, here's the proposed ordinance:
- Allows chicken keeping as a permitted use in single-family and two-family zoning districts.
- Allows up to five domestic fowl allowed per household in a single-family or two-family district.
- Prohibits roosters.
- Prohibits slaughtering outdoors on the residential premises.
- Requires that poultry shall be kept within a secure and clean hen house or enclosure at all times and not allowed to run free.
- Requires that the hen houses and enclosures shall be located no closer than 20' from nearest neighbor's residence.
- A $10 permit is required (per household), to be renewed annually.
Nicely done, Doug! You've certainly done your homework and provided a great template for others to use to convince their cities to make change.
Here's hoping you're successful in convincing Monona to amend its zoning laws!