TORONTO - Toronto could move a step closer today to allowing residents to keep a limited number of hens in their backyards.

Toronto's licensing and standards committee votes on whether to ask for a strategy proposal on allowing backyard chickens.

Coun. Joe Mihevc says there are a number of residents who wish to keep hens in their backyards to produce eggs for personal use.

Existing bylaws prohibit the keeping of chickens in Toronto.

Mihevc's motion notes cities such as Kingston, Ont., Vancouver, New York, Cleveland, and Los Angeles have modified their regulations to include backyard hens.

Toronto would have to establish regulations governing potential issues such as noise, odour, separation distances, selling of eggs, and waste disposal.