Iowa City to consider backyard chickens
After being debated on and off in recent years, Iowa City residents may soon learn if they can have backyard chickens.
The City Council on Tuesday is to hold a public hearing and first consideration of two ordinances. One would amend a zoning ordinance for accessory uses and buildings to allow for chicken coops. The other deals specifically with the rules for having chickens.
The proposals come with a flock of regulations -- no more than four hens, and only in the backyards of single-family homes, and no roosters, slaughtering or selling of eggs.
A permit would be required, and applicants would have to notify next-door neighbors.
Several hundred people signed a backyard chicken petition in 2009, but the council scratched it from a list of issues to consider.
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