Chickens and chicken coops in Juniper Point subdivision?
In the past few months individuals have made requests in Juniper Point HOA meetings requesting an allowance for chickens and chicken coops. I have heard that people wanting chickens in Juniper Point have communicated to the residents of this subdivision that the city council is leaning towards changing the zoning in Juniper Point. They are asking for an extension to continue to break not only the city zoning and Rosecrest CC&Rs, but also Juniper Point CC&Rs by keeping their chickens until the city council renders a decision. I am against allowing chickens in Juniper Point for a couple of reasons.
To me this issue comes down to zoning. We have specific A-zones designated to raise farm animals and the like. We have agricultural and residential zones in Herriman for a reason. Because of this, I am of the opinion that if an individual wants to live in a zone designated for raising chickens, goats, or other farm animals, they need to purchase a home in an “A-zone” (agriculutural zone) designated for that purpose.
If Herriman City allows an exception to this zone, then the HOA has to pursue corrective action without the support of the city to enforce its code. As it stands currently, if a homeowner is raising chickens in a residential zone, a neighbor or the HOA can call the city to enforce the ordinance and instruct the individual to remove the chickens.
I have been asked by some folks what the A zone includes. On lots less than one acre the A zone provides for food production. The ordinance reads as follows: “FAMILY FOOD PRODUCTION: The keeping of not more than two (2) cows, two (2) sheep, two (2) goats, twenty (20) rabbits, fifty (50) chickens, fifty (50) pheasants, ten (10) ducks, ten (10) turkeys, ten (10) geese and twenty (20) pigeons; provided, that not more than three (3) of the above listed kinds of animals and fowl are permitted at any one time on any lot smaller than one acre.”