By Gregg Hennigan
IOWA CITY — Backyard chicken advocates in Iowa City are still trying to generate support for their cause.
A petition drive was started in early April calling for a change in city law to allow residents to keep up to five hens, no roosters, in residential areas. City code currently classifies the raising of livestock as an agricultural use, which is not allowed in residential zones.
At the time the petition started, organizer Stacey Driscoll of Iowa City said she hoped to turn it in to the City Council in the coming weeks.
On Monday, Driscoll said the plan is to submit it in late June or early July. About 700 people have signed the online and paper forms of the petition, she said.
Driscoll has created a Web site on the issue. She’s also helped organize a screening of the documentary “Mad City Chickens” at 2 p.m. June 27 at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center in Iowa City. She said the filmmakers are going to be there and hold a Q&A afterward.
Supporters say there is a growing national movement among people living in urban areas wanting to raise chickens. Press critic Jack Shafer of Slate.com disputes that in a recent column.