Promote a Sustainable Environmentally Friendly Economy for New Westminster with Backyard Chickens sign now

I, as an active citizen of New Westminster, believe in promoting an environmentally friendly and sustainable economy for the city. I believe that the ability for our community to be able promote activities with little impact on the environment is important. Raising poultry is one of many such activities that can accomplish this along with bringing a community together with their common interest in living off the land.

The current by-Laws in New Westminster state that to keep poultry one must have a lot of least 6000 sqft and a coop at least 50 ft from a habitable dwelling. While these measures were instated to avoid unpleasant odours, noise and vermin infestations, the wording is still too arbitrary and restrictive for a cramped urban community like New Westminster. I believe that these concerns can better addressed with more general laws that prohibit the obnoxious noise and sound and make it a property owner's liability if there are vermin infestations. Much of this is already in place in New Westminster.

Many other communities such as West Vancouver and Victoria have less specific laws such as "only on single detached properties", "vermin proof coops" or "no roosters" which only address the real concerns of a tight community.

I would like to encourage the city council of New Westminster to update their bylaws in said way to show ourselves as a forward thinking progressive community for other to follow.

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Cornelia FloresBy:
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