Urban hens in Saanich

Saanich looking at urban chicken options
Kyle Slavin – Saanich News

Feathered fowl could be moving in next door to you – but first, Saanich wants to know what you think about egg-laying chickens in your neighbourhood’s backyards.

Coun. Dean Murdock says the current bylaw – restricting the keeping of chickens on properties smaller than 1,114.8 sq.-metres – is out of date and needs to be updated to be inclusive of the Official Community Plan goals.

“We’re really inconsistent with current efforts to move food production closer to home,” he said. “I think this is something that will generally be supported, but of course there are concerns about noise and odour.”

The OCP promotes Saanich’s vision of becoming “a sustainable community where residents enjoy food security through the promotion of urban farming.”

The existing bylaw restricts that vision, Murdock said.

The survey can be found online at Saanich.ca. As well, hard copies can be picked up from the municipal hall (770 Vernon Ave.).

Residents have until 4:30 p.m., Dec. 10, to complete the survey.

Open houses are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday (Nov. 24/25) from 3 to 8:30 p.m. at municipal hall to discuss urban chickens.