March 04, 2014 - 9:06 AM
PENTICTON -- A high volume of citizen emails led Councillor Judy Sentes to request backyard chickens be part of the next council meeting, tonight at 6 p.m.
There are mixed responses from citizens about backyard chickens - those who have them love them, and those who don’t want them gone.
One resident spoke to council on Feb. 17, about the chickens attracting coyotes, cats and birds. She said she doesn’t like seeing her neighborhood riddled with random animals that are looking for neighbours’ chickens.
But residents who raise chickens in their backyards want a solution from the city as to how they can raise their livestock without violating city regulations and disturbing their neighbours. A citizen delegation will present an "Urban Hen Keeping Pilot Project" to council and staff tonight.
Council previously voted against backyard chickens, but Sentes asked they reconsider options after she received numerous calls and e-mails from area residents. Staff will bring forward more options for people wanting to raise chickens in their residential backyards.
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