Grandview Heights City Council's safety committee agreed Wednesday to review and consider another piece of legislation that would amend city code to allow chickens to be kept within city limits.

Grandview Heights City Council's safety committee agreed Wednesday to review and consider another piece of legislation that would amend city code to allow chickens to be kept within city limits.

Last spring, Andy Smigelski, a Grandview Heights High school student, asked council to repeal the city's prohibition against farm animals in the community. His family wants to keep hens in a type of chicken coop designed for urban areas in the backyard as pets, as well as to supply them with eggs.

Council member P'Elizabeth Koelker, who sponsored the original ordinance, agreed to withdraw that measure.

Committee members had expressed concern with the cumbersome nature of the ordinance.

"What we (would be) voting on is an ordinance I believe is too complex and adds a lot of bureaucracy" to how the city would regulate residents who keep chickens, council member Steve Gladman said. "I don't think we could enforce this."

He said he thought council had agreed in May to table the measure until the Aug. 3 meeting in part to allow some revisions or amendments to the legislation to be presented.

Koelker, who did not write the original legislation, agreed the measure as written does not work and that she would vote against it.

Holding a vote on the ordinance would likely be seen as closure on the chicken issue and not merely on the legislation itself, she said.

Koelker presented the alternative ordinance she said was based on the best parts of similar ordinances from around the country she had read, including one from Portland.

The draft legislation Koelker presented states that an annual permit would be needed for keeping chickens and that no more than 10 permits will be available to be held city-wide. A $25 fee would be charged for an annual permit.

The measure would allow up to four female chickens per lot regardless of how many dwelling units are on the lot or the size of the lot.

Committee chair Steve Von Jasinski said the committee would schedule a meeting to discuss the draft Koelker presented as a new ordinance once the press of Grandview Yard business slows.