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Yelm City Council’s Public Hearing Tuesday to allow –
chickens, ducks, rabbits in neighborhoods

Photo credit: Realtor®Mag, National Assn. of Realtors®

– “Yelm City Council Notice of Public Hearing Amendment to the Yelm Municipal Code
relating to animal control and the keeping of chickens, ducks, and rabbits.”

“The Yelm City Council has scheduled a public hearing to receive comments on a proposed amendment to the
Yelm Municipal Code. The hearing is scheduled for 6:00 PM on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, and will take place in the Council Chambers/Court Room at the Yelm Public Safety Building, 206 McKenzie Street SE.

Chapter 6.08 YMC establishes animal control regulations and violations and is being updated to reflect current practices and procedures of the City.

Section 18.30.010 YMC of the Unified Development Code establishes normal accessory
uses to a single family dwelling and is being updated to allow chickens, ducks, and
rabbits in residential neighborhoods, provided certain conditions are met,” quoting the City of Yelm Staff Report.

– “The Rise of the Backyard Farm”
“Governments are beginning to see benefits to localizing food production. More than a dozen states have recently enacted legislation promoting small-scale agriculture, and a smaller number, including Hawaii, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Oklahoma, have looked into or introduced incentives to encourage people to pursue backyard food production on residential property, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Where municipalities and agencies do restrict or monitor agricultural activity on residential land, they are rarely out to squelch those practices with regulations, which are often created to protect home owners,” by Meg White, Realtor®Mag.
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Posted by Steve on August 24, 2015 at 6:36 am | Permalink

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