Food should be something more than a package at a grocery store. Even with a small amount of land we are able to produce food sustainability. Chickens are omnivores by nature and thoroughly enjoy chasing down plant-destroying insects like grasshoppers, grubs, beetles, and larvae.
Each year the city could charge a fee to register each bird as they do with Dogs. People that desire Chickens could pay a larger one time set up fee to insure that the coop and area are properly set up. The coop and area could be inspected and approved by the City. Bylaws could be loosely copied from neighboring areas like Oak Bay as we share similar land sizes and populations to help keep the cost of amending the bylaw down.
You don’t need a large land size to keep healthy hens. If you keep your chickens confined to the coop at all times, then you should provide 10 square feet per bird. In this case, a 5′ by 10′ coop would be adequate for 5 hens. 5 hens can be easily kept on a parcel of land of 6000 sq f.