Letters to the Editor
The article “Contemplating a Community Farm,” in The Cheney Free Press of April 18, states, “A proposed addition to Cheney’s zoning codes might make it easier for individuals to keep and raise farm animals and bees within city limits.” That is true for large animals, which are currently prohibited on lots smaller than two acres.
On the other hand, it is not true for those who raise chickens, rabbits, and other small animals, which are currently allowed in R-1 and R-2 zones, without a cap on numbers. The code as it stands with regard to small animals is reasonable and should be left alone. We live in a small community, and it adds much to our atmosphere for pedestrians (especially children!) to walk by and enjoy neighborhood chickens and other small livestock.
I have not witnessed health and safety issues with these small operations, but if there are problems with odor or mess that is what the new nuisance codes are designed to address, and the limit of four animals is unnecessarily restrictive and burdensome. A dozen or more chickens, properly housed and fed, are no more offensive than four, and might even produce enough eggs to feed families with hungry teenagers.