At its meeting yesterday, Asheville City Council adopted new language in the city’s animal ordinance that includes more leeway for keeping chickens, but held off on a provision that would ban the tethering of dogs.
The change marks a victory for the group Asheville City Chickens, which says that the ability to raise chickens in the city fosters home-grown, sustainable food.
The new language allows chickens within 10 feet of property lines (down from 100 feet) or 50 feet from the nearest residence but also requires that coops and runs be well kept and fully enclosed. The language forbids roosters.
Also, the new law allows the city to charge a license fee for raising chickens and to inspect coops on an as-needed basis.
Council asked city staff to re-examine a rule banning the tethering of dogs. The staff’s recommendation would ban the chaining of dogs, but would allow a T-runner, a move opposed by some anti-tether activists. Staff is expected to report back to Council on the matter in 30 to 60 days.
For more coverage of the meeting, see the May 6 issue of Xpress.
— Brian Postelle, staff writer