In 2009, staff researched the keeping of animals within the City of Chanhassen. At that time, it was determined that farm animals should be defined and limited to agricultural properties, definitions should be clarified, and wild animals and birds of prey should be prohibited. When the ordinance was adopted, the final form included the definition of “birds of prey” but did not include language preventing them from being kept within the city.
Since the initial passing of the ordinance restricting the keeping of animals, changing attitudes have caused the city to permit the keeping of bees and chickens in previously forbidden areas; however, nothing has changed regarding the desirability of permitting birds of prey. Staff proposes amending this section of the Code to include the original prohibition on keeping birds of prey.
The following section of the Chanhassen City Code is subject to changes:
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