Ann Arbor Council OKs backyard chickens
Date: June 2, 2008
Byline: Judy McGovern
Pro-chicken Ann Arbor residents prevailed Monday night, winning approval of a backyard chicken ordinance.
The plan, allowing up to four hens, was approved 7-4. Council members Joan Lowenstein, Stephen Rapundalo, Leigh Greden and Chris Easthope voted "no."
The change still requires community members who want to keep chickens to get an OK from neighbors. Evidence of that approval will be required to get a permit.
It also creates setback requirements for coops and addresses noise, pest and other issues.
The council will review the ordinance a year after it goes into effect.
City officials said it will take 60 days to put a permit process in place.