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Cottage Grove resident Bob Burtman was forced to appeal to the city council after his neighbor complained about his two mallards and Pekin ducks on his property, which is much smaller than the five-acre minimum requirement as governed by current city code. Bulletin photo by Emily Buss

Cottage Grove relaxed poultry policy excludes most residential properties

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Cottage Grove City Council members have nearly caged their nine-month urban poultry debate and moved to effectively prohibit chickens and ducks on most urban, residential properties.


The council voted 5-0 Wednesday to recommend a city code change that would allow farm birds on residential properties 3 acres or larger. Current code restricts farm birds to properties of at least 5 acres.

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Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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