City to OK livestock ordinance?

Christina O'Haver, The Union Democrat /

PUBLIC MEETING: The Sonora City Council meets at 5 p.m. Monday, City Hall, 94 N. Washington St., Sonora.

The Sonora City Council will hold a public hearing Monday for people to voice their opinions about a proposed ordinance allowing city residents to keep livestock, like chickens, on their properties.

The hearing follows the Sept. 10 approval of the ordinance by the Planning Commission, who determined it is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act.

City rules now forbid residents from keeping livestock in most of the city's residential zones. The proposed ordinance would amend the city's General Plan, making it legal to keep a certain number of animals depending on property size.

Residents could raise as many as 24 small, non-hoofed animals or one large, hoofed animal on their properties, depending on the size of their lot.

The ordinance also outlines the rules of livestock-keeping within city limits, which includes standards for public health and safety, animal housing and slaughtering.

The issue of chicken-keeping was first discussed at a Planning Commission meeting last October after city staff received a number of requests from residents.

Several of those residents attended the meeting to support modifying the city's regulations. Some made suggestions that a proposed ordinance should also include provisions regulating the keeping of small farm animals other than chickens.

In other business, the City Council will:

• Hear a request from a representative of the U.S. Forest Service Wildland Firefighters Association to conduct a fundraiser at Greenley and Sanguinetti roads. The event will raise money for Adalee Wayne, the 2-year-old daughter of Amy Wayne, a Sonora woman who was killed in October after being struck by a vehicle while on her morning jog.

• Consider approving the Amended and Restated Joint Powers Agreement for the Tuolumne Public Power Agency.

• Consider approving the Amended and Restated Joint Exercise Powers Agreement for the Central Sierra Economic Development District.

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