Batavia OK’s chicken coops, but few apply for permits
Any Batavia residents concerned about a huge influx of chickens after the City Council gave its approval of backyard chicken coops last month can stop worrying for now.
Two weeks after the ordinance was approved in a 9-5 vote following months of heated debate, the city’s code compliance officer said that only two people have applied for permits.
Even one of the original proponents of the idea has decided to hold off on buying any chickens.
“We’re restoring an old house and summer is a really busy time,” said Jennifer Warta, who lives in Batavia’s downtown. “We’ll probably start to look at it in the fall.”
She’s pleased with the outcome, though.
“I just don’t see the negatives of allowing this,” she said.