Clarenville council to review poultry regulations
Clarenville chief administrative officer David Harris says council will be reviewing their development regulations in relation to keeping poultry on private land.
It comes after council received complaints about roosters being kept in subdivisions in the town.
“As you know, as soon as day breaks, roosters crow,” said Harris by way of explanation.
The development regulations do not allow poultry, classified as livestock, in residential zones, according to the municipal plan, which was made effective in 2010, Harris said.
Harris said the council, rather than going to property owners who own poultry and telling them that that they must remove their animals, decided to inform them concerns had been raised and that the matter would be brought before council during the Oct. 17 council meeting.
He said council will decide either to “change the rules or enforce the rules.”
A Facebook post on Sept. 26 drew attention to the regulations. Sandy Keel, using Janet Keel’s account, said a municipal enforcement officer informed him that council would be making a decision on Oct. 17 on whether or not his ducks could remain on his residential property.
The post was shared hundreds of times and drew many comments from people expressing their anger that the ducks, which Facebook users say have become a common and beloved sight in the community, might be removed.
Harris said that the Keels’ ducks, which intermingle with wild ducks and are not caged, are not considered livestock and are thereby not affected by the regulations.
“It was a misunderstanding between what was relayed and what we received,” said Harris, who also says that he spoke with Sandy Keel on Sept. 27 to clarify the issue.
Sandy Keel confirmed with The Packet that he spoke with Harris regarding the issue and that the misunderstanding regarding the ducks has been resolved.
Keel, however, who also owns a chicken coop, will still be attending the Oct. 17 meeting, as chickens are considered poultry are therefore affected by the development regulation.
Harris said that the situation will «hopefully work out in the best interest to everyone.
A Facebook post regarding these ducks brought the issue to the public.