Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

August 21, 2013

Chicken ordinance passed on to council


KNOXVILLE — The Knoxville Planning and Zoning Commission voted to recommend passage of an ordinance that would allow residents inside the City limits to keep up to five chickens, with restrictions. 

The ordinance will go on to the Knoxville City Council for consideration. The Planning and Zoning Commission is an advisory board and has no authority to pass local legislation. 

Restrictions included in the ordinance include a permit process. No fee or procedure are specified in the ordinance that will go on to the council. Chicken coops must also meet space requirements, have roofs and be maintained at least 25 feet away from a neighbor's residence. No roosters will be allowed. 

"One of the primary complaints that we've heard is they're too noisy," Assistant City Manager Dylan Feik said. "That's roosters."