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Posted on: September 18, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Public Forum For Urban Chickens - update

Urban Chicken Forum - same content as the notice

For Immediate Release: 09/11/2020 ~ updated 09/18/2020

For more information contact:           

Keri Navratil


Public Forum – Urban Chickens

The City of Storm Lake has scheduled two public forums on September 24, 2020 to discuss possible municipal code amendments regarding Urban Chickens.  The forums are scheduled as follows:

September 24, 2020 – 7:30 AM ~ 8:30 AM 

1-408-418-9388 access number 1468606925

King’s Point Resort - 1520 E Lakeshore Drive

September 24, 2020 – 6:00 PM ~ 7:00 pm 

1-408-418-9388 access number 1460584167

King’s Pointe Resort - 1520 E Lakeshore Drive

Information from the public will be helpful to determine the appropriate revisions necessary in the Municipal Code to accommodate urban chickens.  

Currently, the Code allows for chickens as one animal unit per acre.  One animal unit is defined as ten chickens and an acre is 43,560 square feet.  Generally, one chicken would be allowed on a 10,000 square foot lot.  Current code addresses distance from property lines and inhabited structures and the need to clean areas to avoid nuisance violations.

Public comment on the following questions will provide direction as to the desire of the community in revising the current ordinance.  It will be necessary to amend the current ordinance through the Planning and Zoning Board and City Council to reflect the desire of the community.

Questions follow:

1.    Are you in favor of amending current code to allow for more chickens on a property? Yes ___        No ____

2.    Using a 10,000 square foot lot as an example, how many chickens should be allowed? 2 ____        4 ____        8 ____        Other ____

3.    Should adjacent neighbors be contacted and signatures obtained showing approval? Yes ____    No ____

4.    Should chickens be required to be housed in a coop and contained by secure fencing? Yes ____    No ____

5.    Should a permit be required? Yes ____    No ____

Comments can also be emailed to

We thank you for your valuable input regarding urban chickens! We look forward to receiving public comments and suggestions at the forums.


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