By Brendan Loy
Sorry the blog has been so epically dead in the last few days and weeks. I’ve just been really busy. But hey, here’s some news! Thanks to the tireless efforts of Becky’s friend Sundari at Sustainable Food Denver, our trio of chickens now has a path to citizenship!
Monday night, the Denver City Council passed a proposal that will allow residents to have up to six food-producing animals on their property.
More specifically, the permitting process for chickens, ducks and goats is vastly simplified and streamlined, and the expense is reduced to a one-time $20 fee for up to sixanimals, as opposed to $150 and a confusing, multi-agency permitting process that many chicken owners just ignored altogether (or, *cough*, ahem, so I’ve heard).
Michelle Malkin, meanwhile, could not be reached for comment on this chicken shamnesty. :)
UPDATE: More on the chicken vote from the Denver Post…
By a vote of 7-3, the Denver City Council on Monday approved an ordinance change that eases restrictions and eliminates some of the paperwork now faced by would-be urban homesteaders.
Denver residents can already legally keep chickens, ducks and goats. The vote Monday changes the permitting process and makes it easier — and cheaper — to own the animals.
Currently, Denver residents have to complete a permit process that requires them to notify their neighbors of their intention to own the animals and to pay a one-time, $100 permit fee and $50 a year for chickens and $100 a year for livestock, such as goats.
Monday’s vote means that after the ordinance change takes effect, residents will pay only a one-time $20 license fee.
The license will allow them to keep up to eight chickens or ducks — but not roosters or drakes — and up to two dwarf goats without having to get a zoning permit or notify the public.
…and more from Sundari:
We need to say “thank you.”
We know that there was overwhelming support in the community for FPAs [Food Producing Animals], a tremendous turnout at the public hearing, and considerable precedent for the ordinance set by other cities. Happily, City Council listened to all of this, and so the public process went the way that it’s supposed to. However, in passing the ordinance, City Council did have to stand up to the NIMBY folks, and established neighborhood groups who opposed the changes.
Let’s take a moment to express our gratitude to the members of City Council who voted for the ordinance, and so eloquently shared their reasons for doing so during last night’s Council meeting.
P.S. By the way, in case anyone’s sarcasm meter is malfunctioning, I just want to explicitly point out that I’m happy about this development, I think the City Council made the right call, and I’m totally just being silly with the “shamnesty” stuff.