Backyard chickens continued, marijuana ordinance passed by Grass Valley City Council |

Backyard chickens continued, marijuana ordinance passed by Grass Valley City Council

An urgency ordinance on marijuana was passed, and a backyard chicken ordinance was tabled Tuesday evening by Grass Valley City Council.

While the Planning Commission previously recommended an ordinance that would allow up to four hens on residential properties in a 3-to-1 vote, City Council members decided to make some changes and produce a brochure for prospective chicken owners, which will go back to the Planning Commission.

“The brochure would be something people who want chickens must read, comply with and sign before they can register to have chickens,” said Council member Dan Miller.

Some concerns raised included placement of coops near neighbor’s homes, the size of lots, predators and pests, Miller said.

“It was originally at least 30 feet away from neighboring homes, now it has to be on at least 10,000-square-foot lots, which will take out a lot of residences,” Miller said. “The historic downtown residential area would not be allowed.”

Council voted for the urgency ordinance that would regulate sale, growth and use of marijuana if Proposition 19 passes Nov. 2, Miller said.

“This will give us 45 days to talk about what we want to do if Prop. 19 passes,” Miller said.

To contact Staff Writer Greyson Howard, e-mail or call (530) 477-4237.

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