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Vote on 'Chicken Ordinance' delayed

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The Huntsville Planning Commission heard more than two dozen people voice concerns about urban chickens. The Huntsville Planning Commission heard more than two dozen people voice concerns about urban chickens.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

More research, more revisions. That was the outcome of Tuesday night's planning commission meeting regarding chickens within Huntsville city limits.

The Huntsville Planning Commission heard more than two dozen people voice concerns about urban chickens.

The proposed ordinance would allow three hens per home within the city limits, but no roosters. The coop would have to be 12 square feet in size at least ten feet from your neighbor. The current ordinance says you cannot raise chickens within 150 of your neighbor, essentially restricting all of Huntsville.

Those against the relaxed ordinance want it to stay that way.

"The smell and all the carrying on, you know, and the neighbors. We don't need no chickens in this city, it don't matter that Chattanooga and Atlanta and Nashville do. We have to quit listening to the other cities," said Jackie Reed.

Those in favor say those are all misconceptions. They say chickens produce very little noise and smell.

Founder of the Huntsville Hen Alliance, Sam Caraway, says raising chickens promotes a healthy, sustainable lifestyle and gives Huntsville a progressive boost in the right direction.

"The idea that they are noisy, smelly, disease ridden…it is just not true. We are talking about three birds, when you factor in easements and 10 foot off the property line. You aren't going to see it, smell it hear it," said Caraway.

The planning department will now do more research and likely form a committee to look into the issue further. It could be voted on at next month's meeting.

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