I am filling out the permit paperwork and there is an ordinance stating that chickens must be 25 feet from EACH dwelling. I can easily keep the coop and run away from my neighbors' homes by that footage, but I would HAVE to put the coop up against my house (which I was hoping to do anyway in order to keep them more comfortable in the winter). I have to provide a detailed plot plan with the permit paperwork. I intend to be honest in my renditions for our property and coop/run plans, so I was hoping one of you might be able to point me toward some literature on the benefits of keeping a coop close to the house? Or should I just write up my own feelings on the matter (it's close to our outdoor power source, the dryer vent will help keep them warm, etc)?