VACAVILLE — Review of a city staff recommendation for a $15,000 pilot program to keep chickens in backyards was continued Tuesday because Councilwoman Dilenna Harris, who in July sought a discussion about Vacaville’s regulations on keeping chickens, was absent due to a family emergency.
The matter is set to return to the council’s Sept. 23 meeting.
Vacaville now allows chicken-keeping only in the zoning districts of residential estate, rural residential, agricultural and hillside agriculture – and only on lots greater than 1 acre.
Backyard chicken-keeping has become more popular in recent years, Barton Brierley, community development director, had said in a report to the council.
Code enforcement has found that enforcing the prohibitions against chicken-keeping has been upsetting for some who have had to relinquish their chickens, Brierley added. Residents who own the chickens often have a strong emotional attachment to their birds, he said.
The proposed pilot program could allow limited test sites in different areas, he said, and Vacaville could contract with a University of California, Davis, consultant to monitor the sites.
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