Jeremy's Notebook

Escambia Considers Chickens

February 13, 2013

chicken, croppedLast year, the city of Pensacola passed an ordinance to accommodate the raising of chickens on residential properties inside the city limits. Now, Escambia County officials are considering the same.

During the Escambia County Commission’s Committee of the Whole tomorrow, backyard chickens will be a topic of discussion. Currently, chickens are only allowed in rural area of the county.

Tomorrow, commissioners will take a look at some proposed regulations which would allow for chickens in residential areas. The regulations are similar to those adopted by the city last year.

Proposed regulations include: property must be a minimum of one acre in size; no more than eight chickens allowed; pens, coops or enclosures must be a minimum of 50 feet from adjacent dwellings; no roosters; prohibits keeping chickens for sale; requires 30-foot property line setback.

County staff has also calculated some estimated costs involved with allowing chickens: three new animal control officers, at $38,475 each; training and certification, at $1,000-per; three additional animal control vehicles, totaling $134,505.

The county commission’s COW meeting is scheduled for tomorrow at 9 a.m. at the Magaha Government Building in downtown Pensacola.

  • jeeperman February 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Ames,
    When you do not want to allow something, but you have someone bugging the county to allow something, you make up rules that will make it as difficult as possible.
    But the did change the rules to allow it.
    Mission complete.

  • Ames February 15, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Good grief, an acre of land for 8 chickens? What is their argument for this provision of the ordinance? It can’t be in consideration of any possible noise complaints, Blue Jays make a lot of noise, chickens just make a rather gentle clucking sound, so what’s the reason for the acre requirement?

  • Whitney February 14, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Does the city’s regulations require 1 acre?

  • Ohmygosh February 14, 2013 at 7:48 am

    It is great to see that our county commission is focused on such an important issue. This follows on the critical dog beach matter. This is what you get when you have no plan or well defined priorities. Just throw it on the wall and see if it sticks. Is this the way the Restore process is going to work – no strategy, no priorities, etc.?

  • Teresa February 14, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Why would we need more animal control people? Are they worried that a chicken may get loose and bite the neighborhood kids?

  • jeeperman February 13, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    “County staff has also calculated some estimated costs involved with allowing chickens: three new animal control officers, at $38,475 each; training and certification, at $1,000-per; three additional animal control vehicles, totaling $134,505.”
    That right there tells me that the “powers that be” have already made up their minds to leave the subject laws as is.
    And vote no.
    What say you Mr. Robertson?
    I really can’t see more lenient rules will result in enough complaints to require three more animal control officers. It is not like they go around patrolling for problems to solve.