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Monday, May 12, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Urban chicken debate sparked in Elkhart"

The full headline to this story Saturday in the Elkhart Truth, reported by Dan Spalding, reads: "Urban chicken debate sparked in Elkhart: Goshen and South Bend have adopted policies, and Warsaw's city council could vote later this month." The long story begins:

ELKHART — Could Elkhart be one of the next Indiana communities to consider allowing chickens in residential areas?

City councilman Brian Dickerson said he’d like to see the council at least consider the idea.

Dickerson said he’s received numerous calls from people who said they are interested in raising chickens in their backyard if the city would lift its existing ban.

Right now, the city treats chickens as any other type of farm animal that is prohibited in the city.

But raising chickens has become popular and many towns and cities have adjusted their ordinances to permit the practice on a small scale.

South Bend began permitting chickens a year ago. Goshen has begun a pilot program, and Warsaw's city council could soon vote on a revised plan after an original proposal failed to hatch enough support.

Other communities such as Hamlet, Cumberland, Indianapolis, Bloomington and Gary already allow urban chickens.

The popularity — aside from the appeal of having fresh eggs from your backyard — coincides with a national movement that favors locally produced food. One story at worldwatch.org suggests chickens have become the “buy local” mascot.

The ILB has been covering the urban chicken movement since 2009 - here is a list of some earlier entries.

The Elkhart Truth story points to an interesting May 2nd Inquisitr story headed "Michigan Loses ‘Right To Farm’ This Week: A Farewell To Backyard Chickens and Beekeepers." A quote:

Meanwhile, neighboring Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed Senate Bill 179 a few weeks before which freed up poultry and egg sales from local and state regulation.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 12, 2014 09:09 AM
Posted to Indiana Government