The West Valley City Council is slated to vote on a proposed chicken ordinance next week.

A public hearing on the draft is not scheduled, but residents are encouraged to give their input during public comment at the council’s meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010 at City Hall, 3600 Constitution Blvd.

City officials and council members said they have heard equally from several residents on both sides of the issue.

Under the proposal, residents may apply for a hen permit for a one-time fee of $45 to $57, depending on the number of hens; and they may have as many as eight hens, depending on the size of their property.

Hen houses will be required to be kept in backyards and must be at least 50 feet from a church or school, at least 30 feet from a neighbor’s home, at least 25 feet from a hen permit holder’s home and three feet from any property line, according to the draft ordinance.

Other government entities along the Wasatch Front have recently approved chicken ordinances, including Salt Lake County, Midvale and Taylorsville.


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Jordanne grew up as a farm girl living in the most unlikely of places -- the concrete jungle sprawl of Los Angeles. She lives on the Urban Homestead where she shares her life with a wacky and always entertaining menagerie of goats, ducks, chickens, cats, bees, and stray animals that land up on her porch. Her passions are the natural and sustainable care of animals and her knowledge lies in successfully integrating "farm" animals into the city lifestyle. Jordanne also contributes to her family's blog called Little Homestead in the City -- chronicling this bizarre, beautiful, and often hilarious journey they're on.


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