Local group asks Columbus City Council to change chicken ordinance
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Representatives of the Valley Homesteaders, a local group who support urban backyard chicken ownership in the Columbus area, are asking Columbus city council to make a change.
Specifically involving the current ordinance which sets a specific limit on how citizens can keep their chickens on their property.
The current ordinance, "Sec. 5-42. - The keeping of fowl," reads: "The number of domestic fowl kept on a given lot shall not exceed the ratio of one bird unit per one acre, with a bird unit identified as follows:
- 32 chickens equal one bird unit
- 16 ducks equal one bird unit
- 8 turkeys equal one bird unit
- 8 geese equal one bird unit
During Tuesday night's city council meeting, Elizabeth Melton, the founder of Valley Homesteaders, read a proposal to reduce the amount of property required to own chickens from two acres to that of an average city lot.
In return, this would mean chicken owners could own for example a quarter of an acre of property and be allowed 6 chickens for every measurement of respective land.
"Amendment of the current ordinance may decrease the workload of animal control as they will not have to address cases of people having chickens illegally," said Melton. "But only cases of chickens who are causing problems. The current ordinance already contains measures to protect others from any harm that may be caused by an irresponsible owner."
In that proposal, Melton said they are hoping the property requirements can be a simple change to the current ordinance.