DELANO, MN –
Should chickens be allowed within Delano city limits?
The Delano Planning Commission will consider that question at its Monday, June 8, meeting and make a recommendation for the Delano City Council to consider at its Tuesday, June 16, meeting.
Councilman Jon Sutherland brought the matter to the council Tuesday evening, after hearing from several residents.
“I think it would generate some good discussion,” said Sutherland, who referenced other cities that allow chickens.
City Administrator Phil Kern told the council members that they could initiate the process to consider a zoning amendment that would allow chickens, or a resident could request a zoning ordinance, but would have to pick up the cost to do so.
“Very rarely do we get requests from residents seeking a zoning amendment,” Kern said.
The council unanimously voted to initiate the process.
“I would like it to go to the planning commission to make sure we have proper protections in place for neighbors, landlords, and animals, that they’re well cared for and in good condition,” Councilwoman Betsy Moran said.
Kern noted that the council last took official action to deny the presence of chickens in 2011, but also had informal discussions during workshops four years ago and opted not to pursue the matter further.
“Now, we can go through the process,” Mayor Dale Graunke said. “They can check ordinances and go from there.”
“I’m interested in cities our size and other cities that have successful programs,” Councilwoman Holly Schrupp said.
For more coverage of the meeting, see the Friday, May 8, edition of the Delano Herald Journal.