Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Backyard Chicken issue goes in front of the Dunwoody Planning Commission

Due to family obligations this evening I missed tonight's Planning Commission meeting where they were scheduled to discuss the issue of backyard chicken raising, on a very limited basis. I have received e-mails from both sides of the coop since the issue was first hatched and I imagine that feathers will be flying until this matter is finally settled in mid-March when it comes in front of council. I was copied on an e-mail last week that was sent to the Planning Commission that included the "Myths & Facts document" below as well as proposed ordinance changes. Since these are now part of the record and I believe part of the official meeting; I thought I would share them here.  Linked  is the staff memo outlining the issue and here is the current version of the proposed ordinance that would limit the number of chickens to six (no roosters) unless the property was very large and then the number could only go up to a maximum of eight.

I will be interested in hearing feedback from the Planning Commission meeting to see how they voted.  Did anyone attend?  (Update Rick Callihan attended stating that the chicken issue passed 7 - 0 and he posted a recap here.)

 

6 comments:

Rick Callihan said...

John,

Chickens won tonight, 7-0. You and council are up next!

Dunwoody Mom said...

Yea for the chickens!!

Bob Fiscella said...

John,
It appears the chickens have come to roost! Now we'll find out if council thinks the chickens should cross the road into Dunwoody. When the council takes up the matter it should be classic poultry in motion! Let's hope public comment doesn't turn foul.
www.dunwoodyusa.org

Rob Miller said...

Thursday at 8:00am, HB 842, Georgia's Right to Grow, or "Chicken Coop" bill will receive a hearing in the House AG and Consumer Affairs subcommittee.

From the Georgia ARM facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=313989444514&ref=ts

Heyward said...

Is it me or this chicken dance we are doing is silly. All I know is that through this process I have learned more about chickens than I ever have planned to and might have to get some. Fresh Eggs! Yumm!

Bob said...

I HOPE EVERYONE TAKES THE TIME TO REVIEW THE PRESENTATION THAT WAS MADE LAST NIGHT. IT IS FACTUALLY ACCURATE, SHORT, AND ADDRESSES ALL THE FEARS THE NO CHICKEN PEOPLE ARE SO CONCERNED ABOUT

FEAR OF CHICKENS IN DUNWOODY IS BASED ON "MEMORIES OF THE PAST" AND NOT IN THE REALITY OF WHAT IS BEING PROPOSED.

PASS THE RIGHT TO HAVE CHICKENS AND EVERYONE IN DUNWOODY WILL RUSH TO THE LOCAL "CHICKENS ARE US" OR CHICKEN DEPOT AND WITH THE EXCEPTION OF COUNCILMAN SHORTAL AND COUNCILMAN ROSS, EVERYONE WILL OWN CHICKENS,
THERE WILL BE SO MANY CHICKENS LAYING EGGS THAT KROGER AND PUBLIX WILL BE FORCE OUT OF BUSINESS BECAUSE THE COST OF EGGS WILL HIT ALL TIME LOWS.

FOR ALL OF YOU ESPECIALLY THE CITY COUNCIL, BEFORE YOU REACT TO MEMORIES OF THE PAST, GO SEE WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHERE TO GO TO SEE BACKYARD CHICKENS, I WILL ARRANGE FOR A VISIT, BUT YOU WILL NEED TO BE BLINDFOLDED SO THAT YOU CANNOT EXPOSE THE LOCATION TO THESE PRIVATE CHICKEN OWNERS

BOB LUNDSTEN
PLANNING COMMISSION
CITY OF DUNWOODY