Bakersfield City Council votes to repeal the Chicken Ordinance

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) – In a close vote, Bakersfield City Council decided to repeal the ordinance that allows chickens in city dwellers’ backyards.

The city first approved the ordinance in September, setting guidelines for residents to have chickens. Once approved, the city received notice of an injunction claiming it had failed to conduct proper environmental studies.

A group known as Citizens for R-1 Zone Conservation filed a lawsuit alleging the ordinance violated California’s Environmental Quality Act. The lawsuit also alleged that the project was not eligible for “common sense and information gathering” exceptions and that the city was required to conduct an environmental analysis before the regulation was passed.

Chickens may continue to be allowed in suburban agricultural and residential areas according to a previously issued ordinance.

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