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PHOENIX -- A proposed zoning change that would allow Chandler residents to keep chickens in their backyards has been tabled until July.

The city's Planning and Zoning Commission had approved the plan May 1.

But The Arizona Republic reports that the City Council voted 4-3 Thursday to delay a decision on the issue until its July 11 meeting.

The proposed ordinance would allow as many as five hens in residential neighborhoods.

The city prohibits chickens or any animal that isn't considered a household pet within 200 feet of a residence. Exceptions are made for agricultural areas and large lots.

Opponents fear that allowing the chickens will bring pests as well as the sounds and smells of a farm to their neighborhoods.

Supporters say dogs and motorcycles are more of a nuisance.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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