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Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - June 4, 2013
REVISED June 4, 2013 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #41


Subject
Ordinance 13-18 - Amending Code of Ordinances relating to Animals

Briefings
Briefing Provided Upon Request

Contact and/or Presenter Information

Kathleen Thompson, AICP

Planning Manager

941-748-4501 ext. 6841



Action Requested

RECOMMENDED MOTION:

I move to adopt Ordinance 13-18. 



Enabling/Regulating Authority
Florida Statutes

Background Discussion
  • During the Board of County Commissioners work session held March 18, 2013, Building and Development Services Department staff presented a slide show on "urban chickens". At that meeting, several members of an organization known as Manatee CLUCK (Citizens Lobbying for Urban Chicken Keeping) spoke in favor of the proposal based on the benefits of fresh eggs as well as the educational lessons provided to children. The Board directed staff to review materials and ordinances from other jurisdictions and to bring the matter back at the meeting on March 26, 2013, for further action.
  • At the regular meeting held March 26, 2013, the Board of County Commissioners (by a 4-3 vote) directed staff to prepare an ordinance allowing "urban chickens" in residential zoning districts.
  • The first step in the process is to amend the definition of farm animal in the Manatee County Land Development Code. This amendment was presented to the Planning Commission, which recommended approval on April 11, 2013.
  • At the meeting held May 2, 2013, the Board of County Commissioners conducted the first public hearing to consider Ordinance No. 13-15 amending the Land Development Code. A second public hearing is required for the proposed LDC Amendment.
  • The other step in the process is to amend Chapter 2-4 of the Manatee County Code of Ordinances establishing requirements for chickens on residential property. Ordinance No. 13-18 was drafted to incorporate provisions from other jurisdictions and input from a representative of CLUCK.
  • The second public hearing on Ordinance No. 13-15 and the public hearing on Ordinance No. 13-18 will be conducted by the Board of County Commissioners at the meeting scheduled for June 4, 2013

Policy Decision for the Board of County Commissioners

County Staff Recommendations

CLUCK Recommendations

Additional Suggestions

Maximum four (4) chickens/hens

No roosters

Maximum twelve (12) chickens/hens

No roosters

Maximum six (6) chickens of egg laying age

 

Minimum four (4) square feet per chicken

Minimum four (4) square feet per chicken

 

Minimum setback of ten (10) feet from property line of any adjacent residential property and twenty-five (25) feet from any adjacent residential dwelling

Minimum setback of ten (10) feet from property line of any adjacent residential property and twenty (20) feet from any adjacent residential dwelling

 

Allowed on property containing single-family detached dwellings located in RSF and PDR zoning districts

Allowed on property containing single-family detached dwellings only located in RSF and PDR zoning districts

Also allow on property containing duplex dwellings located in RDD zoning district

No permit required for enclosure within size limitations of Florida Building Code

No permit proposed to keep or maintain chickens

No permit required to keep or maintain chickens if regulations are followed

 

Enforced in same manner as Chapter 2-4 of Manatee County Code of Ordinances

County will respond to complaints and take appropriate action based on nature of violation, which may include issuance of courtesy notice or civil citation and impoundment, redemption, disposition and adoption of chickens

If county receives complaint about chickens or condition of enclosure or fenced area, county will take following actions:

·         Issue warning to remedy situation within 15 days

·         Revoke permit to keep chickens for failure to comply with regulations within 15 days

·         Reinstate permit to keep chickens after passing inspection for compliance with regulations

 

 

 

Require hens to remain in enclosure at all times

No fenced area allowed



County Attorney Review
Other (Requires explanation in field below)

Explanation of Other
Comments available from Maureen Sikora.

Reviewing Attorney
N/A

Instructions to Board Records
Please forward a copy of the executed document to bobbi.roy@mymanatee.org

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
n/a

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
n/a


Attachment:  Copy of Newspaper Advertising.pdf
Attachment:  ORDINANCE 13-18.pdf