Urban chickens are back on Oklahoma City Planning Commission's agenda

City council will hold a public hearing to discuss the proposal in April
by William Crum Modified: March 14, 2014 at 7:46 pm •  Published: March 15, 2014

Urban chickens are back on the agenda.

The Oklahoma City Planning Commission is to review the latest proposal for relaxing rules on backyard chickens on March 27.

Under the proposal, residents who pay $25 could apply to keep chickens.

Neighbors would be notified and given the chance to comment.

A previous proposal to allow city residents to keep up to six hens failed on Dec. 31 to get the necessary support from the city council.

Current rules limit chickens to lots of at least one acre, far larger than typical residential city lots.

Despite those rules, advocates say chickens are common in parts of Oklahoma City.

Advocates say lifting restrictions on egg-producers would help Oklahoma City catch up with national trends favoring locally produced food.

Tentative plans call for the city council to conduct a public hearing on the latest proposal in April.

A vote on whether to adopt it could take place in May.


by William Crum
Reporter
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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