The Winder City Council has scheduled a public hearing for 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, about a proposed amendment to the city’s Animal & Fowl Ordinance. The existing ordinance states that it is unlawful for any person to house or keep any livestock or fowl within the city limits. The amendment would allow residents to house chickens on residential properties within the city limits.
The final draft of the proposed amendment will not be written until after the public hearing, according to city administrator Don Toms.
Councilman David Maynard has submitted proposed language that would allow up to 10 chickens on any size lot, but they would have to be kept in a pen, Toms said.
Alternative proposed language calls for the city code instead to be uniform with the county code, which allows chickens only on properties that are at least five acres in size, Toms said.
The final draft of the proposed amendment is to be presented for a first reading at the council’s April 5 meeting and for a second reading at the council’s May 3 meeting.