LEWISTON — The city’s comprehensive plan is headed for a final workshop in June to tweak language, city councilors decided Tuesday night.

“The body, the meat and potatoes, of the plan are to be commended,” Councilor Michael Lachance said. “But the intro needs some work.” He said the phrasing has to be less condescending “if we want everyone to embrace this document.”

The 200-page document, dubbed Legacy Lewiston, has been in the works for two years.

Besides the condescending language, other concerns from the public Tuesday night included a need for more code enforcement positions and addressing lead levels in paint and water.

The plan wasn’t the only topic for the council Tuesday.

Shelly Suzuki, who lives in Neighborhood Conservation A District, said she didn’t know it was illegal for her to have chickens. She suggested the animal control ordinance be amended to allow her to keep her flock.

Among the concerns raised about chicken coops in the district were the volume, smell and overall nuisance of coops, the density of homes and nearness of coops to neighbors, the possible attraction of predators and the size of flocks.

The council voted 6-1 to hold a workshop on the ordinance. If passed, it would outline the process and requirements for keeping chickens in the district.


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