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File #: AR-19-488    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Agenda Reports Status: Passed
File created: 11/21/2019 In control: Community Living Standing Committee
On agenda: 1/13/2020 Final action: 1/13/2020
Title: 1 Year Review of the Backyard Hens Program Presented by: Tracy Tsui, Planner, Planning & Development Department
Attachments: 1. Hen Licences Map
TAMRMS#: B09

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1 Year Review of the Backyard Hens Program
Presented by: Tracy Tsui, Planner, Planning & Development Department

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RECOMMENDATION:
recommendation
That the agenda report, January 13, 2020, entitled “1 Year Review of the Backyard Hens Programs” be received as information.


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PURPOSE OF REPORT
The purpose of this report is to provide the Community Living Standing Committee a one-year update of the Backyard Hens Program.


ALIGNMENT TO COUNCIL STRATEGIC PRIORITY
N/A


ALIGNMENT TO SERVICE DELIVERY
Service Name:
· Planning & Development Department

Service Definition:
· Process payments, issue licences, and respond to resident inquires regarding the Backyard Hens Program.

Service Component:
· Hen Licence purchases and renewals.

Current Service Level:
· In-person at St. Albert Place, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday, closed on weekends and statutory holidays.
· Emails to hens@stalbert.ca , and phone calls.


ALIGNMENT TO COUNCIL (OR COMMITTEE) DIRECTION OR MANDATORY STATUTORY PROVISION
N/A


BACKGROUND AND DISCUSSION
Applications
The Hen Bylaw 32/2018 was passed on January 7, 2019. Since then, thirteen (13) households have been approved for a Hen Licence, which permits a maximum of four (4) hens per household. Those licenced are dispersed across the City of St. Albert. Please see the attachment entitled, Hen Licences Map.
Applications for a Hen Licence has slowed down during the colder months.
Hen Keeping Training
All program participants have either had experience in hen keeping, or received hen keeping training. Those that have had hen keeping experience were required to complete and pass a competency test. Test questions were developed according to the Government of Alberta’s guide called Raising Chickens in Alberta: A Guide for Small Flock Owners. Those that have received hen keeping training learned about husbandry practices, coop design and requirements, feeding, winter precautio...

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