Urban Chicken By-law - Have your Say

As many of you are already aware, Peterborough City Council voted to ban backyard hens on Tuesday September 5th at the Committee of the Whole Meeting. A final vote will be held at the September 11th Council Meeting.  Now is the time to have your say!

At Nourish, we believe that urban small-scale chicken farming is a way to enhance urban agriculture, increase food security and provide greater access to local food.  Keeping backyard chickens gives residents increased options for sustainably producing their own food at reduced costs, and provides additional benefits such as pest control, waste reduction, and opportunities for education, increased food literacy and community building.  

To learn more about community perspectives on this issue and other Urban Agriculture initiatives, we hosted Edible City: Embedding Food in Peterborough's Official Plan in 2016.

We are writing a letter to our Councillors to let them know how we feel about Item 8 of Committee of the Whole Report N0.10 (Report OCS16-004- Comprehensive Animal By-Law). If you agree and would like to sign this letter or adapt it for you use, please do. Here is a for you to use FileBackyardChickenLetterTemplate.docx, or cut and paste the letter below. 

Friday June 24th 2016,

To City of Peterborough Councillors,

  I am writing to you as a citizen of Peterborough that believes that the proposed by-law banning backyard chickens should be voted against.

 Urban small-scale chicken farming is a way to enhance urban agriculture, increase food security and provide greater access to local food. Keeping backyard chickens gives residents increased options for sustainably producing their own food at reduced costs, and provides additional benefits such as pest control, waste reduction, and opportunities for education, increased food literacy and community building.  

The Urban Agriculture Task Force, a sub-group of Sustainable Peterborough’s Future of Food and Farming Task Force works towards: Feeding ourselves sustainably with local, healthy foods.  Their DRAFT report: Encouraging Urban Agriculture in Greater Peterborough: Priorities for the Near Future to be released this fall outlines clear and simple recommendations related to Urban Chickens:

1.     Allow raising of hens within the City of Peterborough and urban settlements in the County of Peterborough.

2.     To create reasonable restrictions on the raising of chickens.

Several municipalities across Canada including Guelph and Vancouver have successful by-laws that support and allow for backyard chickens. Many agree that with reasonable restrictions and regulations to be adhered to backyard chickens can be a part of healthy urban environments. To ensure success, considerations for the following should be discussed and addressed.

·      Number of hens permitted (no roosters)

·      Education and Training (Chicken 101) for those interested and delivery costs for programs

·      Waste management/animal husbandry requirements/best practices;

·      Predation issues; and space requirements;

·      Licensing

·      Budget to support the development, implementation and evaluation of the by-law.

Instead of banning backyard chickens, Peterborough area municipalities should consider reviewing existing regulations to determine the best way to meet community members' interest in backyard chickens and personal egg production while also supporting the education and information needs of people interested in keeping urban hens.

Sincerely,

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You can find a complete list of Councillors and their contact information here: (and below) 

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Further Resources: 

Peterborough Food Action Network: Food In Peterborough Blog Post 
 Just Food (Ottawa) - Hens and Urban Areas 

Urban Agriculture Committee Encouraging Urban Agriculture in Greater Peterborough: Priorities for the Near Future.  Excerpt on Backyard Chickens. FileBackyard Chickens-UrbanAgCommittee.docx . The entire document can be found at www.foodinpeterborough.ca/create-change/reportsresearch/

For more details on the by-law and public reaction see: 

http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/2016/06/21/cats-to-be-leashed-backyard-chickens-illegal-under-new-pet-bylaw-approved-by-city-council-monday 

http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/2016/06/22/possibility-of-a-city-chicken-ban-has-owners-upset

http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/2016/06/24/councillors-tour-chicken-coops-in-advance-of-mondays-pet-bylaw-vote

Mayor

Mayor Daryl Bennett

City Hall, 500 George Street North, Peterborough, Ontario K9H 3R9 
Mayor’s Office: (705) 742-7777 x1870 
Fax: (705) 748-8861 
E-Mail: dbennett@peterborough.ca

 

Councillors

Ward 1 - Otonabee

Councillor Lesley Parnell
c/o City Hall, 500 George Street North, Peterborough, Ontario K9H 3R9
Voice Mail » 705-742-7777 x4641
Cell » 705-931-1272
E-Mail » lparnell@peterborough.ca

Councillor Dan McWilliams
c/o City Hall, 500 George Street North, Peterborough, Ontario K9H 3R9
Voice Mail » 705-742-7777 x4644
Business » 705-743-4597
Cell » 705-927-8746
E-Mail » dmcwilliams@peterborough.ca 

Ward 2- Monaghan

Councillor Henry Clarke 
1287 Bridle Drive, Peterborough, ON K9J 7J7
Voice Mail » 705-742-7777 x4611
Business » 705-743-3260 x3525
Home » 705-749-3149
E-Mail » hclarke@peterborough.ca

Councillor Don Vassiliadias
c/o City Hall, 500 George Street North, Peterborough, ON K9J 3R9 
Voice Mail » 705-742-7777 x4645
Cell » 705-875-2402
E-Mail » dvassiliadis@peterborough.ca

Ward 3 - Town

Councillor Dean Pappas 
c/o City Hall, 500 George Street North, Peterborough, Ontario K9H 3R9
Voice Mail » 705-742-7777 x4613
Home » 705-931-3619
E-Mail » dpappas@peterborough.ca

Councillor Diane Therrien 
c/o City Hall, 500 George Street North, Peterborough, ON K9J 3R9
Voice Mail » 705-742-7777 x4646
Cell » 705-872-7905
E-Mail » dtherrien@peterborough.ca
 

Ward 4 - Ashburnham

Councillor Keith Riel 
693 Whitaker Street Unit 12, Peterborough, Ontario K9H 7H4
Voice Mail » 705-742-7777 x4640
Home » 705-743-8715
E-Mail » kriel@peterborough.ca

Councillor Gary Baldwin
/o City Hall, 500 George Street North, Peterborough, ON K9J 3R9 
Voice Mail » 705-742-7777 x4647
Cell » 705-760-1428
E-Mail » gbaldwin@peterborough.ca

Ward 5 - Northcrest

Councillor Andrew Beamer
c/o City Hall, 500 George Street North, Peterborough, Ontario K9H 3R9
Voice Mail » 705-742-7777 x4642
Home » 705-743-8004
E-Mail » arbeamer@peterborough.ca

Councillor Dave Haacke
c/o City Hall, 500 George Street North, Peterborough, ON K9H 3R9 
Voice Mail » 705-742-7777 x4648
Cell » 705-741-6608
E-Mail » dhaacke@peterborough.ca