Posted On: Wednesday, June 5, 2019Survey closes on June 17, 2019. A new survey has been launched by the Municipality of West Grey to gather feedback on the question of permitting urban – or backyard – chickens in the municipality’s urban area.
West Grey has an Animal Control By-law that prohibits keeping backyard chickens. The municipality is, however, open to revisiting the by-law to make sure it reflects current realities, community values and priorities.
“The municipality has heard – formally and informally – from residents who both support and oppose keeping backyard chickens in our urban areas,” said West Grey Mayor Christine Robinson. “Certainly no decision has been made either way. We are very much in the “feedback gathering” stage.”
Later in June, Council will consider the public comments gathered through the survey as well as during the public meeting which will be held at the June 25 Committee of the Whole meeting.
There are several factors that Council could consider in developing an urban chicken program: licensing requirements to keep track of where and by whom chickens are being kept; a maximum number of chickens; whether or not to allow roosters; set-backs for coops; fencing for hens to roam. As well, the Municipality could launch a program on a ‘pilot-basis’ ensuring regular check-ins on the program.
The survey is open until June 17. Click here to take the Urban Chicken Survey now!
To download a copy of the survey, click here. Hard copies are also available at West Grey library branches and in the June edition of Spotlight. Want to learn more?
Visit the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) website for more information and valuable links to industry websites that outline the realities of backyard hens in urban areas.
Laura Johnston, CAO