Falcon Heights Considers Urban Farming Ordinance

Created: 03/12/2013 2:56 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

The city of Falcon Heights is looking at whether to join other cities and allow residents to keep chickens in their yard. Urban farming has become a growing trend, and many people like the birds for eggs.

According to Falcon Heights officials, the cities that allow chickens typically require a permit, inspections and standards of cleanliness. Local cities that allow chickens include Minneapolis, St. Paul, Burnsville and Shoreview.

The Falcon Heights Environmental Commissions is considering an ordinance that would allow up to four hens in single-family and duplex backyards, by permit. Roosters wouldn’t be allowed.

Chicken Run Rescue out of Minneapolis, which works with the Minneapolis Animal Care and Control and the Animal Humane Society to take in birds that have been abused or abandoned, has previously told KSTP that an increasing number of people are getting chickens without realizing the time and money needed to properly care for them. They advise cities to look at all the side effects of urban farming.

Falcon Heights leaders are asking for input from residents about this issue. Community members can weigh in on the topic through an online poll, available here.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 60 people have voted "yes" and 28 people have voted "no" when asked "Do you favor allowing Falcon Heights residents in single-family homes and duplexes to keep up to 4 hens?"