BELLE PLAINE, Iowa (AP) - The Belle Plaine City Council has been asked about letting people raise some chickens inside the east-central Iowa city.
The Gazette reports that the council discussed the idea at a work session Monday. A resident had proposed a change in the 1977 ordinance that banned the birds.
City Administrator Bill Daily says the city is researching what prompted that ban as officials consider whether to change it now.
Backyard chickens have become an issue in Iowa as homegrown and organic food becomes more popular. Cedar Rapids has allowed small flocks inside city limits since 2010, and Iowa City recently approved urban chickens.
The council took no official action on the issue Monday. Daily says the issue likely will come up again at the council's work session on April 15.
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