Scottville city commission considering revamping chicken ordinance.

June 7, 2021

Scottville city commission considering revamping chicken ordinance.

SCOTTVILLE — The City Commission heard a first reading of a revamped chicken ordinance during its regular meeting Monday, June 7. The change in ordinance gives the city manager authority to approve requests by residents for backyard chickens rather than the commission, as it is currently written.

The current ordinance does not allow animals, including livestock and fowl, to be kept in the city accept common household pets. Anyone wishing to keep livestock or fowl (including poultry) must go in front of the city commission. The new ordinance creates an annual permit, within guidelines established by the commission.

The old ordinance did not address the number of chickens or the size of the coops. Instead, that was always handled on a case by case basis by the commission. The new ordinance allows for a maximum of six hens, no roosters, that must be maintained in a fully enclosed, roofed structure at all times. The coop and run shall be contained in a single structure not to exceed 60 square feet and 8 feet in height. The minimum run size per chicken will be 8 square feet.

An ordinance change requires two readings of the proposed ordinance. The second reading, which will include a public hearing, will be held at the June 21 regular meeting of the commission, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the former Optimist Building.

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