Hens may be moving into the neighbourhood

Recommendation to amend a by-law restricting backyard chickens in urban settings in Saanich supported by council Tuesday
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A recommendation to amend a by-law restricting keeping chickens in urban settings in Saanich was supported by a Special Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday night.

Saanich Councillor Dean Murdock says the current by-law only allows for the keeping of chickens on lots of a minimum size of 12,000 square feet

“the recommendation from staff was to cut that number in half to 570 square metres, so this basically means that chickens would be allowed in the residential area which is consistent with what happens in Victoria, Oak Bay and Esquimalt, and that recommendation was supported unanimously by Saanich Council”

Murdock says the next steps include amending the by-law which includes 4 readings. He says the public can still provide opinions on this issue if they wish to, in writing.

The keeping of chickens would be limited solely to the production of eggs, and roosters would not be allowed on properties