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Egg-laying chickens ordinance back to Galt City Council

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Posted: Saturday, August 25, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:56 am, Sat Aug 25, 2012.

The city's Planning Commission is not in favor of creating an ordinance to allow egg-laying chickens within city limits. At a special meeting Thursday, the commission voted 4-0 not to recommend approval to the city council.

The idea, originally brought forward by Councilman Mark Crews on behalf of constituents, would allow up to four egg-laying hens so long as they were housed in an enclosure. Other rules have been discussed, as well.

On Thursday, planning commissions voiced concerns about the possible noise and smell chickens could cause and believed their raising was more appropriate for the country, according to city manager Jason Behrmann.

Speakers appeared split on the issue, but cited possible difficulty in enforcing such an ordinance.

When the proposal was discussed at a city council meeting last month, council members didn't appear in favor of the new ordinance. The issue will go before the council for a vote on Sept. 18.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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