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Continued: Lakeville considers allowing back yard chickens

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  • Last update: March 18, 2014 - 3:00 PM

While two council members, along with Little, indicated support of a chicken ordinance, Council Member Bart Davis is still on the fence. He said he’s “initially against it, but I’m willing to listen and consider it.”

His No. 1 concern is the compatibility of chickens in a residential area and how that will affect neighbors, he said. “I’m still not convinced we have all the answers. I think we need to get it right.”

A City Council document discussed at last month’s work session noted that most cities allowing chickens have issued only a small number of permits, and none had any “significant complaints” by neighbors.

“I don’t think there’s going to be a mad rush to have chickens,” Little said.

But Braaten said four of her neighbors have indicated an interest in keeping them. If the ordinance passes, she said she will be considerate about any concerns her neighbors have, she said.

Little said Lakeville can benefit from being among the last cities allowing chickens, because there’s “a lot of experience and there’s a lot of information out there that we can use.”

Next steps include drafting an ordinance and bringing it to the planning commission. “There’s plenty of discussion to be had yet,” Little said.

“I think it’s about time,” Braaten said.

Erin Adler 952-746-3283

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