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Urban Farm Animals – Another City Tackles the Issue

Touch the Soil News #297

On the edge of the Denver metro (3 million people) is the small town of Edgewater. Edgewater recently passed an ordinance that allows up to six regulated animals for folks living in detached homes. These regulated animals include:

  1. Chickens
  2. Ducks
  3. Rabbits
  4. Miniature goats
  5. One beehive

After decades of cities passing ordinances to exclude farm animals, the trend is reversing for new ordinnces that allow farm animals in the city.

Licensing and compliance will be required for all regulated animals and the slaughter of animals for food is prohibited. Come to find out, not everyone was happy. The Denver Post reported on the reactions of folks to the new ordinance. Folks in favor of having farm animals realized that the regulation that came with it did not give them carte-blanc rights to do what they wanted to. Folks opposing the ordinance are concerned that their farm-animal households may not exercise sufficient concern and courtesy for the neighbors.

The Edgewater City Council voted 4 to 2 in favor of the urban farm animal ordinance. However, during the city council meetings on the topic leading up to the vote, there were some heated and confrontational episodes between the citizens.

The final upshot of the new farm animal ordinance is that it will have to be monitored and perhaps adjustments made as time passes.

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