Councilman to Hold Meeting Tonight on Chicken Ordinance


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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Things have been quiet for a few months about Huntsville’s proposed urban chicken ordinance.  Tonight, the issue will come up again at a town meeting.

Councilman Bill Kling will host the meeting at 7 p.m. at the Huntsville Public Library. This is another chance for discussion.  If you have an opinion about the ordinance, Kling encourages you to come give your feedback.

The ordinance would allow more Huntsville residents to have three egg-laying hens in their backyard.  Last summer, the Huntsville Hen Alliance started a petition to gain support for relaxed urban chicken coop regulations within city limits, reducing the 150-foot setback requirement to 10 feet.  Roosters would not be allowed.

The Huntsville Planning Commission delayed a vote on the ordinance in September.  The Commission will take it up again January 28.  The meeting begins at 5 p.m.

Here, you can read the proposed ordinance.

If the ordinance passes the Planning Commission, it would then go to the Huntsville City Council.