A proposal to alter the city’s restrictions on urban gardening has received so much attention that officials have moved tonight’s public hearing to a bigger venue - the YWCA building on the city’s west side.

Officials say increasing numbers of Tucson residents are planting vegetable gardens and raising chickens in their backyards. The problem, they argue, is that the city's regulations on where gardens and farm animals can be kept are unclear.

Rebecca Ruopp, principal planner for the city of Tucson, said rules regarding chickens in midtown will probably see some changes.

"The revisions would allow fewer chickens, and that’s because right now people in midtown can’t meet the requirements to have their coups set back 50 feet," she said. "One of the compromises in the various discussions was to lower the number of chickens and to reduce that set back requirement so that more people could have chickens.”

Ruopp said a Spanish language public meeting regarding the code changes is being planned for later this summer.

Tonight’s meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the YWCA building, 525 N. Bonita Avenue.