The Lander City Council at tonight's work session changed direction on the issue of chickens within city limits. After hearing from multiple residents, the council has decided to make minor adjustments to existing ordinances rather than creating new regulations. The Lander Police Department brought the issue to the council a few weeks ago after a couple incidents made it clear that the department has no enforcement ability over loose or noisy fowl. Quite a few chicken owners from around town spoke out, believing that the proposed regulations were too restrictive. The police department's proposed ordinance set forth rules regarding how many chickens could be on a property, how far coops could be from neighboring properties and required permits. Read about the original proposal and the community response here
Tonight LPD Sgt. Alan McOmie presented a revised version of the ordinance
that took into account many of the community members' concerns. It removed
the permitting requirements, allowed for a higher number of chicks and
addressed the keeping of other fowl besides chickens.
However, Council President Cade Maestas questioned why the city was
implementing all of these new regulations when the hole in the enforcement
ordinances could be fixed by adding chickens and fowl to the portions of
city code relating to noise and animals at large (which currently only
Several community members spoke up, agreeing with him. They urged the
council to avoid the deeper regulations and simply close the holes the
The council ultimately agreed, and the LPD was instructed to present the
proposed changes at a future meeting. The proposal is also expected to
include the registration of flocks, which does not require fees or
inspections, and a reminder that coops must meet zoning requirements.