The proposed Urban Hens Bylaw was presented to city council Monday and has been sent to City Administration for review.
“Administration will take an opportunity to go through the bylaw and see how it conforms with a typical city bylaw,” said Mayor Bill Given. “And then at the committee level, council members will have to discuss and debate whether or not they wish to support actually implementing this.”
If the proposed bylaw were to be passed, it would allow for up to four hens, no roosters and individuals would have to take an education course on handling the hens and eggs.
Group Coordinator Rebecca Keys says it would be the responsibility of Urban Hens group to provide education courses, not the taxpayer.
“That group would be responsible for creating the education course, having it approved by the city and teaching the course. I don’t think it’s the burden of the tax payer to be facilitating a course for urban hen keeping,” explained Keys. “If our group can do that and it’s approved to the standard that city council and administration like, then I think it’s a win-win for the whole community.”
If the bylaw passes, owners would also need reasonable consent from their neighbours. And the eggs, meat or manure could not be put up for sale.
Administration will now to review the document and return to the Community Safety Committee with a follow up report.