Residents will have a chance to provide their input on proposed bylaw amendments that would provide licensing and regulations for residential backyard poultry.
A public hearing is set for 10 a.m. on April 6 before Qualicum Beach Town Council’s regular meeting.
If passed, the bylaw amendments will allow backyard poultry on residential properties over 1,000 square metres.
It will be conducted electronically via Zoom and open for public attendance in the Council Chamber. People attending in person will be given an opportunity to speak via Zoom on a laptop, according to the town.
Anyone who considers their interests to be affected by Bylaw No.580.126, 2021 will be permitted to speak to council. The public can also speak at the public hearing by joining the Zoom meeting via telephone or over the Internet using a smartphone, tablet or computer, once they have pre-registered.
In addition to amending the zoning, the Town of Qualicum Beach bylaw to regulate, prohibit, and impose requirements in relation to animals in the Town of Qualicum Beach No. 649, 2009 is proposed to be amended to include the following regulations as part of the licensing system for backyard poultry:
-Setback requirements for coops and runs;
-Size requirements for coops and runs;
-Number of backyard poultry;
-Prohibited activities; and,
-Requirements for backyard poultry food and manure.