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City Looking To Ease Restrictions On Urban Farming

By Elisha Dorfsmith

It has been a very long time coming, years in fact, but it looks like the City of Flagstaff is finally ready to consider easing restrictions on raising chickens, goats, bees and other food producing animals in the city limits.

Long time readers of my blog know that I and Flagstaff Liberty Alliance have been actively pushing for these changes for a very long time and months ago brought forward a resolution to try to get the ball rolling. While that resolution was narrowly defeated, it looks like what we hoped to accomplish with the resolution is about to take place anyway. If the proposed code changes are approved as they currently stand, Flagstaff residents will soon have the freedom to legally raise small food producing animals in the City limits to feed themselves and their families.

I am very excited to see these changes moving forward and encourage everyone to participate in the September 8th Council meeting where these changes will be addressed.

More information on the September 8th meeting is provided by Flagstaff Liberty Alliance and can be found here:

“On September 8th at their 6:00 pm meeting, the Flagstaff City Council will be considering a long list of proposed changes to the Animal Keeping part of the City Code.

Some of these changes will make it much easier to keep chickens and other small animals on property within the City limits. Other changes will focus on beekeeping and larger animals.

The vast majority of these changes are a huge step in the right direction and are in line with our goals to promote urban farming and self sustainability in Northern Arizona.

We encourage everyone to attend this meeting and speak or fill out a written comment card supporting the freedom to raise and produce food for ourselves and our families.

For those who can’t make it, please contact the Flagstaff City Council at:


We don’t know what time this item will be on the agenda but since it is an item that is expected to draw a crowd we expect it to be near the beginning of the 6:00 meeting. Once the agenda is published we will update this post with that information.”


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