Council moving closer to expanding chicken ordinance

Members of the Murrieta Mustangs 4H Club and other youngsters brought pet chickens to City Hall Tuesday night. Murrieta 24/7 photo: Doug Spo...

Members of the Murrieta Mustangs 4H Club and other youngsters brought pet chickens to City Hall Tuesday night.
Murrieta 24/7 photo: Doug Spoon

It has been several months since the Murrieta City Council began considering an adjustment in its city ordinance to allow residents to have chickens in residential backyards, but no action has been taken.

Well, the chicken folks aren't going away.

More than a dozen youngsters attended Tuesday night's council meeting to accompany adults in asking again for the council to allow chickens on small residential lots. Currently, they are allowed only on rural lots larger than a half-acre.

Before a city council meeting in May, several children stood outside City Hall, holding chickens they keep on larger lots and asking for others to have the same right in small yards. In addition to making their presence known again outside, the chicken supporters gathered in council chambers and 11 of them spoke in favor of allowing more birds in Murrieta yards.

One of the speakers was a young girl named Laylah Kelly who spoke about "my best friend Rosie", a black and white chicken she said makes her feel better when she's sad. Courtney Kelly talked about how she likes to cuddle with Fluffy Jr. And little Bianca said she likes the fresh eggs better than those at the store.

Adults made passionate pleas as well. Taryn Clawson said she has auto immune disease and the fresh eggs are better for her health. Sarah Cantana said the chickens are "very calming pets" for her mother, who has dementia.

The item was not on the agenda, so no action was taken. Mayor Randon Lane referred the chicken supporters to Ivan Holler, development services director, who met separately with them outside council chambers after they finished speaking.

Holler told Murrieta 24/7 he gave the folks some encouraging news.

"We are in the process or preparing an ordinance to allow chicken keeping on residential lots that are smaller than the current one-half acre requirement," Holler said. "At this point in time, we anticipate that the City Council would consider such an ordinance on either Nov. 15 or Dec. 6 of this year.

"Just as in other jurisdictions, the ordinance would set forth a limit on the maximum number of hens, and a minimum lot size. "

Related

News 4297041803500303426

Post a Comment

emo-but-icon

Follow Us










Subscribe Via E-mail

item