Town Council passed the first reading of the Urban Chicken Bylaw at tonight’s regular Council meeting.
If the bylaw were to pass, after second and third reading, it would mean one in every 1,500 residents could have a chicken coop in his/her back yard with up to 7 urban chickens.
The Urban Chicken Bylaw is a 2-year pilot program and residents who are interested would have to apply for a permit and pay a $50.00 license fee.
Mayor William Choy says, “It’s part of our Municipal Development Plan to become more environmentally sustainable.” Choy goes on to say, “I’m interested to hear if residents are supportive of this program. Fresh eggs are healthy and other communities in the region have already adopted a similar program. Council should at least hear if residents want this in our community too.”
Based on the last census Stony Plain has a popular of 16,127. With one coop per 1500 residents the Town could see up to 10 urban chicken coops.
The bylaw also states no roosters would be permitted, the coop would need to meet certain specifications such as 1.5 m from any lot line, contained within a fenced yard, and the eggs cannot be sold.
Town Manager Tom Goulden, encourages residents to participate in the Public Hearing scheduled for March 13th, “Council passing the first reading of the Urban Chicken Bylaw gives residents the opportunity to give their opinion at the second reading. This is your chance to give Council and administration your thoughts on having urban chickens in the Town of Stony Plain. The more public input we receive the more informed Council will be when making their final decision.”
Those who cannot attend the Public Hearing or are uncomfortable with public speaking, but still want to be heard, can send a letter or email to the Town by March 1st. All comments and concerns shared with the Town by this deadline will be included in the agenda package.
Information for Upcoming Public Hearings
For more information, contact:
Stephanie Barsby Boisvert
Corporate Communications Officer
Town of Stony Plain