SAN MARINO (CBS) — It may soon be legal to own chickens in San Marino, one of the nation’s wealthiest communities.

The San Marino City Council this month ordered a staff report on the subject in response to a request from a resident named Pam King, who has a home with solar panels, a drought-resistant yard and an urban farm to which she now would like to add some chickens, the Pasadena Sun reported.

If the San Gabriel’s wealthiest city gives chicken ownership the green light, it would be joining Pasadena, South Pasadena and La Canada Flintridge, which allow residents to keep fowl but under strict guidelines.

At the San Marino City Council’s direction, staff employees charged with researching the issue will pay particular attention to coop size and location, the number of chickens to allow, discouraging commercial gain and possibly requiring a chicken permit, the Sun reported.

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