Urban agriculture proposals advance at Oklahoma City Council, but chickens are left behind

Oklahoma City Council rejected a proposal to allow chicken on residential lots.
by William Crum Published: January 1, 2014

Urban chickens may yet have their day in Oklahoma City.

Tuesday just wasn't it.

The Oklahoma City Council rejected a proposal to allow chickens on residential lots in urban and many suburban neighborhoods.

The 7-2 decision preserves rules that restrict city chickens to lots of 1 acre or more.

Despite rejecting the idea of urban chickens, at least for the moment, the council unanimously agreed to proposals intended to enhance other aspects of urban farming.

The proposal to ease restrictions would have allowed residents living on lots of less than 1 acre to keep up to six hens.

Roosters would have been forbidden; proper coops and sufficiently spacious yards would have been required.

Mayor Mick Cornett said he thought a pilot program in neighborhoods where chickens already are common would mesh well with Ward 6 Councilwoman Meg Salyer's suggestion that the city could set up a permit system for keeping chickens.

“I think there might be a way to ease into this,” Cornett said.

by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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