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The vote came first: Pima to allow more backyard chickens

Pima County residents in more residential areas will be allowed to keep chickens for eggs beginning next month, after the Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Tuesday to loosen restrictions on backyard poultry.

Up to eight female chickens, raised to produce eggs, will be permitted in some areas where keeping poultry has been prohibited.

Calling the changes a fowl move were Supervisors Ally Miller and Steve Christy, both Republicans. The Democratic majority voted to pass the new regulations.

The existing zoning code permits chickens and other small animals throughout most of the county. The change approved this week will allow keeping female chickens for personal food production in small-lot residential areas. That includes TH Trailer Homesite, CR-4 Mixed-Dwelling Type, CR-5 Multiple Residence, CMH-1 and -2 County Manufactured and Mobile Home and MU Multiple Use zones.

Those homes are typically on lots smaller than 8,000 square feet, county officials said.

The changes allow for up to eight hens on single-family dwelling lots or manufactured home lots of 6,000 square feet or larger. Single-family homes on lots smaller than 6,000 square feet or multi-family dwellings will be able to keep up to four hens per dwelling.

Neither retail sales nor the keeping of roosters or cockerels will be allowed in any of those zones, officials said.

The changes do not override any private residential restrictions or covenants recorded that prohibit raising chickens. Existing ordinances address animal noise, odor and waste disposal issues, officials said.

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The new zoning regulations will go into effect in 30 days.

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Oct 22, 2017, 6:48 am
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One rule that’s needed:
The chicken coop needs to be placed within 5 feet of the owners bedroom window.

Oct 19, 2017, 10:04 am
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Miller and Christy hate everything.

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