Residents in Penetanguishene could soon be allowed to keep chickens in their backyards.
Council passed a motion authorizing staff to set up a two-year pilot program to permit backyard chickens on urban properties.
“It is our recommendation that we don’t go for a full amendment to the zoning bylaw to permit them as a right, but we create a temporary use that would allow chickens in the urban area of the town,” said Andrea Betty, planning director.
Chickens are considered livestock and are only permitted in certain zones, in order to permit them as a right the town would need to amend the zoning bylaw and prohibited animal’s bylaw.
A temporary use bylaw is a quicker process, which Betty hopes to have completed as…