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Planning Board Agenda
Meeting Date: 06/10/2009  
Amend ECDC regarding "domestic female fowl" (File No. AMD-09-7)
Staff Lead/Author: Rob Chave
Department: Planning  
Initiated By:

Information
Subject/Purpose
Proposal to amend the Edmonds Community Development Code (ECDC) to allow the keeping of "domestic female fowl" (e.g. hens) in single family zones.
Staff Recommendation
See attached information.
Previous Board Action
Narrative
Previous Council Action
On May 11, 1999 the Edmonds City Council held a work session on a Draft Animal Regulation Ordinance.
Attachment 1: CM of 5/11/1999

On May 18, 1999 the Edmonds City Council held a Public Hearing on interim Ordinance No. 3248 declaring a zoning moratorium on zoning code enforcement actions relating to the keeping of animals.
Attachment 2: CM of 5/18/1999
Attachment 3: Ordinance No. 3248

On November 16, 1999 the Edmonds City Council held a public hearing regarding proposed amendments to Edmonds Community Development Code Chapter 17.35 animals. The purpose of this public hearing was to gather public comment on the City’s land use regulations governing animals. Land use regulations determine how many animals may be kept in each zoning classification. The regulations had not been reviewed for many years, and public complaints had been received by the City in recent years concerning some types of animals (e.g. horses, chickens) kept in single family neighborhoods.
Attachment 4: CM of 11/16/1999

On January 16, 2001 the Edmonds City Council held a Public hearing regarding proposed amendments to Edmonds Community Development Code Chapter 17.35, regulation of animals in the zoning code. The City Council was seeking public comment on an update to the zoning code which would allow the following:

• INCREASE THE NUMBER OF “DOMESTIC ANIMALS” (DOGS, CATS, ETC.) PERMITTED FROM 3 TO 5.
• PERMIT “COVERED ANIMALS” (HORSES, COWS, ETC.) SO LONG AS THEY COMPLY WITH ADOPTED ANIMAL CONTROL REGULATIONS GOVERNING SIZE OF LOT AND HOW THE ANIMALS MUST BE CARED FOR (NO CHANGE FROM EXISTING CODE)
• PERMIT FOWL (CHICKENS, DUCKS, ETC.) AS A “GRANDFATHERED” USE ONLY, AND ESTABLISH A REGISTRATION PROCESS TO IDENTIFY THE EXISTING GRANDFATHERED USES.
Attachment 5: CM of 1/16/2001

The Council passed Ordinance 3343 an ordinance amending Title 17 of the Edmonds Community Development Code by adding a new Chapter 17.35 thereto for the purpose of regulating the keeping of animals within residential zones, and fixing a time when the same shall become effective.
Attachment 6: Ordinance 3343


The Council passed Ordinance 3655 in July, 2007, amending city codes related to "poultry."
Attachment 7: Ordinance 3655

Narrative
Councilmember Bernheim asked that this item be placed on the CS/DS Committee for consideration.
Attachment 8: Bernheim Proposed Code Revision regarding Domestic Fowl

Attachments
Attach 1 CM of 5-11-99
Attach 2 CM of 5-18-99
Attach 3 Ord. 3248
Attach 4 CM of 11-16-99
Attach 6 Ord. 3343
Attach 7 Ord. 3655
Attach 8 Bernheim Proposal
Attach 9 CM of 5-12-09

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