West Lincoln Backyard Chickens Public Consultation 

The Township of West Lincoln is facilitating public consultation to consider whether non-farmers and urban/hamlet residents should be permitted to house backyard chickens. As a result of a request presented to the Township’s Planning/Building/Environmental Committee on September 11, Township Staff is facilitating a public discussion and collecting feedback regarding the appropriateness of permitting chickens on a small scale basis accessory to residential use. This is often referred to as “backyard chickens.” The Township says a variety of scenarios must be given consideration, including the appropriateness of backyard chickens on residential lots in Smithville, residential lots in hamlets and residential lots in the agricultural area. Supporters of backyard chickens have cited benefits related to mental health, sustainability, food quality, ethical animal treatment and alleviation of poverty. Those who oppose backyard chickens have focused on concerns relating to disease, odour, noise and potential for attracting predators. A public meeting will be held on Monday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers in the Township Administration Building, on Canborough St. in  Smithville. An online survey will be available until March 15. For more information, visit www.westlincoln.ca/en/living-here/backyard-chickens-public-consultation.aspx