Chicken policy creates a flap

Not everyone is crowing about chickens strutting around Coldstream yards.

Not everyone is crowing about chickens strutting around Coldstream yards.

The district has proposed allowing up to four laying hens at each home to promote urban agriculture and food sustainability, but one resident suggests the concept hasn’t been fully hatched.

“We don’t all live in a rural environment,” Mt. Thor Drive resident Jim Roh told council Monday.

“Some of us live in a dense neighbourhood.”

Roh says problems could arise from having hens on Middleton Mountain.

“They could create a smell, there could be unsightly premises and they could attract predators.”

The proposed policy regarding hens is still under consideration and a final decision has not been made by council.

Keeping with agriculture, marketing plans for farmers will include road signs.

Council has approved an off-premise farm sales sign policy, and while only one sign was recommended, that has been changed to three signs.

“Many properties are off the main thoroughfares and one sign could be restrictive,” said Coun. Doug Dirk of directing customers to a farm.

The policy had also recommended that a farm only be allowed to post a sign for a three-week period.

However, the wording was changed to cover an entire harvest season because some crops may be available for longer than three weeks.



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