During its regular monthly meeting on Monday evening, the city Health and Safety Committee unanimously approved amending a standing city ordinance pertaining to the keeping of chickens.
The amendment was brought forth by 7th District alderman Rob Norton.
During Monday’s meeting, Norton stated he had been made aware of a residence in the city, illegally possessing chickens due to not following the proper channels.
“I felt we could change the wording of the ordinance so this family can be in compliance with city ordinance,” Norton stated.
The key changes Norton proposed includes the provisions:
• If the premises where the chickens are kept is not owner occupied, property owner must consent, and;
• The principal use of the property where a chicken coop and yards, and buildings or yards may be permitted is limited to one and two single- family dwellings.
Other provisions for the ordinance amendment include requiring an agreement between landlords and/or tenants on the keeping of chickens, as well as the name of the landlord and/or tenants being included on the city application to keep chickens.
During discussion, 6th District Alderman Dave Sukow spoke in favor of the amendment, but also voiced caution on potential ramifications of the amendment.
“I’m willing to send this on to let the council have a crack at it,” Sukow said. “But I just hope we aren’t opening Pandora’s Box at the same time.”
As Sukow alluded to, the measure will be passed on for common council approval at its August meeting.