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Planning commission says OK to backyard chickens

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE and#8212; Approved 3-to-1 by the planning commission Wednesday among a number of amendments to the development code, backyard chicken coops got the nod to go forward to the town council.

The idea to allow a backyard chicken coop for those interested in home grown eggs came up earlier this year, and has come before both the Town of Truckee and Placer County in recent months.

Along with language in the policy set by staff allowing six hens on lots larger than 10,000 square feet, the planning commissioners suggested that the town do a survey on a regular basis to see how the backyard coops are fairing, said Denyelle Nishimori, associate planner for the town.

Coops will have to be set back 20 feet from neighboring buildings and 5 feet from neighboring property lines.

Nishimori said the commissioners also wanted to make sure coops were predator proof, and allowed for moveable coops.

The one vote against came from issues with other parts of the development code update, she said.

The amendment to allow backyard chickens will go to the town council in September for first reading, then a final decision likely in October.