Sturgis Planning Commission To Continue Urban Chicken Matter
By: Mike Stiles - Wednesday, May 17, 2023

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(STURGIS) – The only decision made Tuesday by the Sturgis Planning Commission on the matter of urban chickens was to have more discussion.

The Planning Commission has been tasked by the Sturgis City Commission to investigate the idea of allowing chickens to be raised in the City Limits, and to come up with an ordinance to bring back to the City Commission.

During Tuesday’s meeting, several individuals shared with the Planning Commission why chickens should be allowed in the City, citing being able to harvest their own eggs instead of buying them at the store. Others said it would be a good practice to have young people learn responsibility by taking care of the chickens.

Many of the same questions the City Commission asked were also asked by the Planning Commission: How many chickens should be allowed per homeowner? What size should the chicken coops be? What will be done with the waste from the chickens? How will the City enforce the ordinance?

The Planning Commission agreed to keep researching and discussing the matter during future meetings before making a recommendation to the City Commission. No time line was given for when that will be.


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