Wood Village considers chicken ordinance

The city of Wood Village is still seeking public comments on whether it should allow residents to keep backyard chickens, which other cities allow.

Wood Village prohibits domestic poultry under its nuisance code, but interest from residents on the issue perked up after Gresham enacted updated chicken codes in February 2010.

Under the city's proposed ordinance, residents in two zones can keep three chickens or fewer; the chickens must be in the rear yard, 25 feet from other residences, 10 feet from a property line; the coop must have at least 2 square feet per chicken; the run must be enclosed and secured; and no permit is needed.

The city's Planning Commission, however, did not support a chicken code at its June meeting, citing potential issues with odor and noise, the possibility that chickens will attract other wildlife and the fact that Wood Village is not a farming community. It did offer further language that should be added to the proposed chicken code.

The Wood Village City Council plans to further explore the idea at its September meeting. So far, only one resident has contacted the city in opposition to the idea.

To comment on the proposed ordinance, call Records Manager Greg Dirks at 503-489-6854 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Meeting set on parenting for black children

Parents and community members can learn best practices for raising black children in a symposium offered by The Black Parent Initiative on Saturday, June 18, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m at Concordia University's Hagen Campus Center.

Entitled 'Breaking the Cycle, Releasing the Dream,' the symposium will provide cutting-edge strategies and practices to help eliminate the challenges facing black children in the Portland-metro area. Both local and national leaders will conduct sessions around various topics impacting the black family.

The Black Parent Initiative is a community-based, family focused organization committed to enhancing the lives of black youth by addressing educational and life challenges facing low-to-moderate income black families in the Portland metro region. For information, visit

Road work to close section of 238th Drive

Road maintenance work will close the southbound lanes of Northeast 238th Drive between Arata Road and Glisan Street in Wood Village from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, June 20.

The lane closures will allow a Multnomah County crew to trim vegetation along the road and clear drainage areas. Alternate routes for southbound traffic include Northeast 223rd Avenue and Southwest 257th Drive.

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