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Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 12:00 pm

Councilwoman Lauren Tolmachoff will host a public meeting on backyard chickens, 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27 in the Foothills Recreation and Aquatic Center’s Bobcat Room, 5600 W. Union Hills Drive.

Ms. Tolmachoff, who represents the Cholla District, is looking for public feedback regarding the proposed Zoning Text Amendment to allow chickens in residential neighborhoods. The format for the meeting will be similar to Glendale City Council meetings where individuals who wish to speak will be given a chance to stand publicly and share their thoughts. All feedback, expressed verbally or through a comment card, will then be shared with the City Council and city executive staff.

The council is scheduled to hold a second workshop Nov. 1 and a public hearing Nov. 22 on the issue.

Currently the city allows for hens in areas zoned for agriculture, residential rural and suburban residence lots 12,000 square feet and larger. Roosters are not allowed.

At an earlier neighborhood meeting on the amendment, a majority of the attendees opposed backyard chickens, voicing concerns with attracting predators such as coyotes, effectiveness of city’s code compliance should there be a problem with a chicken owner and allergies to chicken feathers.

Supporters, however, cite health and economics reasons for raising chickens.

The Cholla District is located in northern Glendale, generally bounded by Pinnacle Peak Road on the north and Union Hills Drive on the south. Residents can view the council district map for more detail at www.glendaleaz.com/CityCouncil/districtmap.cfm.

For more information or for special accommodations, call 623-930-2249.

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