Here we go again. The request to amend the Exotic Pet By-law to permit the keeping of chickens in urban areas within the municipality came to council 10 years ago. On Monday the issue was back on the table before committee.
The issue of urban backyard chicken farming was debated at the March 29, 2010 General Purpose and Administration Committee meeting. The staff report recommended that the request to amend the by-law to allow for raising chickens on non-agriculturally zoned lands be denied. The six-page report included feedback from 20 municipalities, the Agricultural Committee and Environmental/Food and Drug agencies. I’m not sure if much has changed. The concerns raised in 2010 would still be raised today: predators, disposal, waste management, health, noise, odour, disease control and liability.