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New housing development comprimising our chickens

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by newchickenfam, Jun 16, 2016.

  1. newchickenfam

    newchickenfam Chirping

    Feb 26, 2015
    We currently have 2 backyard hens, and follow our cities by-law (they must be 50 feet from neighbouring dwellings). There is a housing development going in behind our property. It was a school, which has been demolished and is currently open space. The townhouses are proposed to be built 24 feet from our coop. At our city council meeting on Tuesday (for the builders request to re-zone the property), they expressed that our city does not have a grandfather clause. We are going to try to fight this, but I am looking for any input or experience? City council did also express that the by-laws are complaint driven, and that they would allow us to keep our chickens as long as no one complains. This really doesn't sit well with me. That a developer can choose to build a house so close to our property, and I am now breaking a by-law.
    There is an official city council meeting tonight regarding the re-zoning. I am going to attend to see if the chicken issue is brought up. The city also sent a by-law officer out to our house today to inspect the coop, and write a report for them. The by-law officer said that they have never had to deal with an issue like this before, so the city wanted a report on our coop and to ensure we were following the by-law, which he agreed we were.
    We have the last resort option Of trying to move our coop in to the yard a bit, but it is not a convenient location, and would mean dismantleling our daughters play set, and ripping out a well established garden.
    Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    You can always bring up the chickens as new business at the meeting.
    Get local media involved. You don't have much time so you need to call them now. Newspapers and radio are OK but TV cameras have a huge impact.
    Inform them that if you have to move your coop into the middle of the yard (away from shade) it could jeopardize the health and well being of the chickens.
  3. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Songster

    May 18, 2016
    Valley of the Sun :)
    new buildings/zoning vs chickens

    this will be tough
  4. newchickenfam

    newchickenfam Chirping

    Feb 26, 2015
    city Council granted our property an exception! All on their own! They spoke about how unfair it would be to make an otherwise completely legal coop an illegal one because someone is building beside us. I am in total and complete shock!!!
  5. Donna R Raybon

    Donna R Raybon Chirping

    Apr 13, 2016
    Yay! Make a HUGE deal out of this to bring good attention to issue. Write letter to editor, TV, radio, etc and name names to say thank you, grateful, etc. Build them good bridges in case you need them later.

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