Backyard Chickens: Coming to a Neighborhood Near You?

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Interested how chickens and residential neighborhoods can coexist?  Well, so are we.

Next Tuesday, the Planning Commission will continue its in-depth review of potential changes to the City’s Zoning Ordinance to allow the raising of chickens on residential property.  The Commission decided to address the issue because of increased requests from citizens wishing to keep chickens in their backyard for fresh, organic eggs.

The keeping of chickens in residential backyards is a new trend muncipalities are addressing nationwide

Our invited special guest – Oakland County 4-H Poultry Club – will be at the meeting to share with the Planning Commission their expertise in the proper raising and safe keeping of chickens.  The club will also bring a coop they built, along with a few chickens, to help demonstrate the features of a safe chicken enclosure.

The new ordinance will address the number of chickens permitted, prohibition of roosters, proper setbacks, type of coop allowed, and safety of the chickens.

We encourage all who may be interested to attend the meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 29th at 7:00 p.m., which will be held at the Auburn Hills Community Center.

We expect it will be an interactive and informative meeting.  Feel free to bring your children, so that they can learn about chickens and city planning.   Hey, what can be better than that?