Mayor's Corner

Jan 22

[ARCHIVED] Beachwood City Council defeats measure to expand areas where residents could keep chickens

The original item was published from January 22, 2016 3:39 PM to September 14, 2016 8:41 AM

CouncilUpdate:  Beachwood City Council voted 5-1 at its meeting this week to defeat legislation that would have allowed many more residents to house chickens on their property. 

In mid-December, we advised residents that Council was considering revisions to City restrictions on chickens. The City prohibits nearly all residents from having chickens, though there are a few large lots where it is permitted.

The legislation that was voted down Jan. 19 would have allowed residents to keep up to four chickens so long as coops housing the birds were located not less than 20 feet from rear or side yard boundaries.  Council members said they had received many comments from residents about the legislation.  Some residents feared that the ordinance allowed the chickens to be too close to neighbors’ properties.  Others thought the birds would attract rodents and that the chickens would generate unpleasant odors.

Voting against the legislation were Council members Justin Berns, Alec Isaacson, Melvin Jacobs, Barbara Bellin-Janovitz and Brian Linick. Councilman James Pasch voted for the proposal.  Council President Martin Horwitz was out of town and did not attend the Jan. 19 meeting.