Arizona

Jul 13, 2013 1:22 PM by Associated Press

Chandler votes against allowing chickens

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) - There will be no chickens in Chandler.

The City Council has voted to deny a zoning change that would have allowed residents to have up to five hens in backyard coops.

The Arizona Republic reports that about 20 people spoke to the council during Thursday's meeting. Some advocated the health benefits of fresh eggs, while others warned of the health concerns of avian flu and vermin.

Some councilors said it came down to property rights.

There were also questions of whether allowing chickens would add an extra burden to code enforcement officers.

Since 1959, the city has prohibited chickens or any animal not considered a household pet within 200 feet of a residence, unless neighbors within that radius provide consent. Exceptions are made for large lots and areas zoned for agriculture.

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