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Vacaville

Council delays review of pilot program for backyard chickens

By From page A8 | August 27, 2014

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.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy

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  • Tax PayerAugust 27, 2014 - 5:23 am

    A strong emotional attachment, BS! Should we now see them as companion animals in our stores?

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  • Time For TruthAugust 27, 2014 - 7:24 am

    Chickens don't leave big piles of pooh in the parks and along residential sidewalks where kids play. Chickens have never bitten the face off a child. You say chickens keep wake you up? And your neighbor's incessantly barking dog doesn't? As Councilman Hurtis said, if an animal is found on the farm, they shouldn't be in the city... referring to chickens. Yet dogs are found on farms all the time. TP, feel free to make an argument against chickens, but make it fair and reasoned. We'd expect that from our Council too... but don't hold your breath.

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