Blaine ordinance may allow chickens

Published on Wed, Jun 10, 2009 by Tara Nelson

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Some Blaine residents could raise chickens in city limits if Blaine City Council adopts a staff proposal later this month.

The new ordinance would allow residents in single-family neighborhoods to raise up to six chickens and was introduced after a number of individuals made complaints about the city’s current restrictions. The new ordinance does not allow roosters.

Chickens are currently allowed only in east Blaine because the density there allows it, city planner Alex Wenger said. Chickens are restricted in the rest of the city.

“We have received multiple requests and phone calls asking about the regulations for keeping chickens within the city,” he said. “As a result, staff is bringing it to the planning commission for possible adoption.”

Wenger said the ordinance will go to Thursday’s regularly scheduled planning commission meeting for a public hearing.

It is expected to go to Blaine City Council within the next few weeks. Public input will be accepted until June 14.