Hutchinson City Attorney Marc Sebora will be composing a draft ordinance that, if passed, will allow residents to raise chickens in their backyards.
The city council discussed the issue at last night’s meeting, and all were in favor of moving forward with the proposal.
The council directed Sebora to include in the preliminary document such things as limiting the number of chickens any resident could own, setback requirements for coops that would have to be in the backyard, notifying and getting neighbors approval, not allowing roosters, and “avenues of disposal” if residents realized they did want to continue raising the foul.
Drafting the ordinance is the first step in the process. The council is looking at ultimately adopting the chicken ordinance in late February or March.