Town of Clarenville amends regulations to allow chickens in residential zones
CLARENVILLE, NL — Chicken owners in Clarenville have nothing to fear after last Tuesday’s council meeting, as the Town of Clarenville moved to amend regulations to allow residents to raise hens on their properties.
Council was previously alerted to some residents who were raising chickens – which fall under livestock in municipal development regulations – on their properties.
Some concerned citizens asked the town to amend the regulations to permit a small number of hens in residential zones.
After some discussion, council said it has no problem with residents keeping small numbers of hens on their properties.
Chief administrative officer David Harris says while it’s currently a violation of the regulations, many of the homesteaders have had chickens on their properties for decades.
He adds other municipalities have already moved towards allowing residents to keep a limited number of livestock, due to the emphasis on people securing a sustainable and environmentally friendly food source, like eggs. The City of Corner Brook introduced regulations in May.
Coun. Bill Bailey said he doesn’t see the problem with keeping a limited number of chickens in residential areas. He called it a “non-issue.”
Harris says complaints were not about the chickens, but from the noise caused by roosters.
The town is amending regulations to determine a specific limit on the number of chickens, but also grandfathering in those who currently have chickens on their properties. The new regulations will also ensure owners must keep pens clean.
Several homeowners who raise hens were in attendance, including Sandy Keel, who said he looks at his chickens not as livestock, but pets.
“Every night I go out, they line up on the roost and I’ve got to give every one a rub on the top of the head down the neck,” says Keel. “If I miss one, and shut off that light, and that chicken will bawl at me. So, I turn on the light go back in giver her a rub and shut the door.”
Coun. Bailey joked that council may put that requirement in the regulation as well.
Keel was pleased with the results, as he’s kept chickens his entire life, he says. He even gives free eggs to all the neighbours on his street.