We've made progress! I've reviewed the City's sub-committee's new ordinance
Apr 14, 2016 — I'm happy to announce that we've made progress!
Yesterday I met with the City Council’s sub-committee responsible for drafting the ordinance update. They presented their "first draft" of the updated PRO-CHICKEN ordinance and it is a great first draft which allows chickens in Allen!
I've asked that they make a few small changes (noted below) before they put it in front of the City Council for a vote. Here's the long/short of it:
- No more than four (4) female "backyard" chickens (absolutely no roosters) on a residential property after first having obtained a permit from the City for such location and a payment of a one-time permit fee (amount not specified, but fairly small like $5-10 to cover the small cost the city may incur with enforcing the new ordinance). My requested change: I asked that they increase the number of chickens allowed from four to six. It is up to the committee if they accept this recommended change.
- The chicken coop or other structure in which the backyard chicken is kept must be located within the rear yard no closer than twenty five (25) feet from any property line and at a location which is not visible from any public street. I asked that they decrease the distance of 25’ from property line to 10’ from property line, since 25’ likely still doesn’t allow backyard chickens in the vast majority of Allen residents. I very much hope they make take this recommendation; I’d consider 15’ from a property line as an acceptable compromise as well.
- Chicken coop must be maintained in good, sound, and clean condition. Stained, sealed or painted so it’s weather resistant and resistant to decay.
And that’s the main highlights! Overall it was a very well thought out, researched, and sound updated ordinance. I’ll share the sub-committee’s response to the requested changes as soon as I hear back. For now sit tight -- as soon as we see the final version of the ordinance and when the City Council starts deliberating I’ll ask for all y’alls help petitioning the City Council to pass it.
Thanks for staying in touch and supporting the City of Allen’s move to a healthier, more sustainable and organic backyard living!
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