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May 24, 2010

Should chicken coops be allowed in the City of Wenatchee? That’s the question being asked of the City’s planning commission. A group of people would like permission to raise small numbers of poultry for eggs or for 4h and FFA projects. Steve Hair reports that the City is considering relaxing its livestock regulations to accommodate them.
The City currently allows chickens to be raised on property of at least a half-acre in size. A group of local residents would like to see that rule relaxed and they met with the planning commission last week to discuss their request.
The movement toward natural foods and healthy diet is also prompting more interest among people to raise their own poultry and eggs.
City Planner, John Ajax confirms that the Planning Commission has instructed staff to draft changes to the current livestock ordinance. The changes would come in the form of a zoning code amendment which would then be placed before the City Council for final approval.

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