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Lakewood, Colorado officials seek input on urban agriculture zoning rules

Illustration by Caroline Hadilaksono.

90 percent of comments had to do with food-producing animals

By Emilie Rusch
Denver Post


The city of Lakewood could enact its long-awaited new zoning regulations by the end of the year.

But first, city officials are seeking more public input on the most controversial proposal: allowing chickens, goats and beekeeping on smaller residential lots.

Travis Parker, the city’s planning director, told the Lakewood City Council and planning commission at a study session Aug. 20 that their hope is to find compromises that could make the change more palatable to everyone.

A survey on urban agriculture is up on

Of all the comments received so far through the city’s website, 90 percent had to do with food-producing animals, Parker said. About 60 percent of the comments were strongly in favor, and 40 percent were just as strongly opposed.

“There’s not a clear direction to go,” Parker said.

The largest residential lots can already have food-producing animals. The proposed change would allow residents on smaller lots to raise up to four female chickens or ducks, three dwarf goats and one beehive per 6,000 square feet.

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See Lakewood’s urban agriculture survey here.