I sat in on the Planning and Zoning Worksession and listened to the concerns raised by our proposal.
All in all, I'd say that the P&Z worksession on Friday went well. It does seem that there will still need work to be done to educate folks on chickeny matters, but it feels doable. I was a bit disheartened that the representative from the Police Department just repeated the earlier concerns about noise, disease, 'gateway animal', etc. I'm not sure if Ted on the P&Z board did not pass our responses on to them, or if they just ignored them.
Their concerns are:
>> Disease of the birds
>> Disease of the remains
>> Precedent setting for ducks, geese, pigs, pygmy goats, etc.
>> Predatory issues of acceptable pets in the neighborhood
In addition, it was asked that I try to find out if complaints about urban hens increased after the passage of similar measures in other cities.
Addressing these concerns will be my focus this week, as the P&Z meeting is on Thursday...
If any of you have ideas or would like to help prepare for Thursday, please let me know.