Poultry was on everyone’s mind at the board meeting of the Cameron Park Community Services District.
Richard Kirlin, a resident on La Canada Drive, pled his case before the board to keep his six pet chickens, saying he wanted to be known as the “chicken guy of Cameron Park.”
Previously the CC&R Committee had told him he had to remove the birds because of existing rules on keeping livestock or poultry.
According to the CC&Rs, “No animals, livestock, or poultry of any kind shall be raised, bred, or kept on any residential lot … except dogs, cats, or other small household pets …
Kirlin maintained that his hens were all pets, had names, and were well cared for. He asked for the time to collect 200 signatures from residents to amend the CC&Rs. In the course of the discussion the definition of poultry got a working over as board members, the public, and Kirlin discussed the finer points of whether a bird in a cage was also poultry or if the term only applied if one was actually eating the bird.
Several public members spoke for and against the chickens. Resident Gerald Lillpop said he didn’t want chickens in his neighborhood and claimed that county zoning prohibited them in an R-1 area.
Kirlin countered, saying Lillpop was incorrect.
Vicky Neibauer thought Kirlin should be allowed the time to collect signatures. That was followed by a discussion of which rules would dictate the final decision.
After several convoluted motions, the board voted to first determine if the presence of chickens violates county zoning, and if not, to allow Kirlin one month to collect the first 100 signatures. If, on the other hand, county zoning prohibits the chickens, then they will have to go.
As resident Joe Thuesen commented at the end of the debate, “I guess the cluck stops here.”
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