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Chicken back on menu for city planners

By The Herald Staff | 7/1/2013

Ottawa planning commissioners are getting ready to consider some fowl action.

And the commission is asking Ottawa residents for their input as it considers a change in zoning regulations that would allow residents within the city limits to keep chickens on their property.

Ottawa planning commissioners are getting ready to consider some fowl action.

And the commission is asking Ottawa residents for their input as it considers a change in zoning regulations that would allow residents within the city limits to keep chickens on their property.

Planners previously considered a proposal allowing chickens in the city in 2009.

A public hearing regarding the zoning change is set for 7 p.m. July 10 in the commission chambers at City Hall, 101 S. Hickory St., Ottawa.

The hearing process, which began June 12, was extended to gather more public input, city planners said. City officials said they received a petition asking that chickens be allowed in the city. The petition garnered nearly 50 signatures.

“It’s in the community’s best interest for all perspectives on the issue to be heard before the planning commission takes action,” John Boyd, planning commission chair and local defense attorney, said.

Ottawa city commissioners would have to approve any zoning amendments the planning commission might recommend for the change to go into effect.

Fowl are restricted to properties larger than three acres, according to current city zoning regulations. The proposed amendment to that clause would allow residents to keep up to four chickens or ducks, after obtaining a conditional-use permit, city planning officials said. Roosters would continue to be prohibited under the proposed amendment.

In addition to the public hearing July 10, residents can submit their comments in writing before the meeting to Wynndee Lee or Tom Yahl at the city’s planning and codes department, City Hall, 101 S. Hickory St., Ottawa. For more information, call the city planning office at (785) 229-3621.

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