Providing a little amplification for our friends over at Longmont Urban Hens in encouraging you to show up and be counted as supporters of urban chickens on the I-25 corridor. (Map)
Says Allison in her post:
The Backyard Chicken Ordinance is up for its final "yay" or "nay" vote Tuesday, February 24th at 7 PM. Please come to the meeting, sign up to speak briefly and tell the council that you wholeheartedly support backyard chickens.There's some good stuff in these amendments that other municipalities can borrow from in their own urban chickens laws.
With amendments, the proposed ordinance would now allow:
- Up to 4 backyard chicken hens (no roosters).
- No other fowl are allowed - so, no turkeys, quail, ducks, geese, guinea fowl or pigeons.
- The coop and run can be up to 7 feet high. It has to be predator proof, with a solid top.
- The coop and run must be 6 feet away from any other structure, and from side and rear property lines. The coop and run must be in the rear of the property.
- The coop and run must allow at least 4 sq ft per chicken, and can be a maximum of 120 sq ft total.
- Water must be available to the chickens at all times, and feed must be kept in a vermin-proof container.
- The coop and run must be cleaned and maintained regularly, and not constitute a nuisance, safety hazard, or health problem to surrounding properties.
- No slaughtering allowed.
- Hen keepers must have a permit - currently, 50 permits will be allowed, at a permitting price of $30 each.
- A permit may be revoked with violation of any part of the ordinance.
- The trial period ends in December of 2010 (the ordinance "sunsets") if it has not been renewed prior to that time.
And, it seems there are already Longmont residents ready to plunk down their $30 for the permits.
If you're in the area, show up to the meeting! Hope to be posting good news later this week here on the blog. Good luck, Allison and all!
UPDATE: The ordinance passed! Congratulations on the win :)