Planning meeting set

Several folks have been asking, "When are we going to get organized?" Since you asked, here is the plan:

Fort Collins Urban Hen Coalition Planning Meeting

Tuesday, July 1st @ 7:00pm

Bean Cycle Coffeehouse

144 N College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524

Map to Bean Cycle

Bring your ideas!

A copy of the poster announcing this meeting for you to print out and post around town can be found at:

under Files as GotHensPlanningMeeting.doc

Second Reading Postponed

I received a call from Ted Shepard at Planning and Zoning saying that the second reading for the proposed ordinance changes to allow for urban hens in Fort Collins has been postponed until the Sept 2nd City Council meeting.

Even though there was no public comment against our proposal at the last City Council meeting, people who have concerns or are opposed have been in contact with their representative.

We need to show the Council members that there is strong support for this issue from their constituents. It is very important that you contact your City Council rep. Here is their contact information:

Get the word out to others that the City Council needs to hear that there are supporters for this issue.

Rebecca and I will be working on flyers. I will need folks who can get them out in the community to spread the word.

On the negative side, the City Manager originally wanted to postpone the second reading indefinitely, which would have essentially killed the proposal silently. Ted convinced him to have a second reading in September.

On the plus side, this gives us time to organize better. We will need to have both a solid plan in place for permitting and education, as well as addressing the concerns that were raised at the first reading.

There will be a lot to do between now and mid-August when the supporting documentation for the September City Council meeting needs to be submitted!

We made it past first reading!!

The Chicken Initiative made it past the first reading at the City Council last night by a vote of 5 to 2. Several folks who I have been working with on this issue made very supportive statements on our behalf. But what surprised me was the people who I had never met nor had contacted me prior to the meeting who stepped up to the microphone to speak. I was moved by the passion and true affection for urban hens that was expressed. I want to thank each and every person who spoke last night.

Meeting tonight at Avo's: 5:30

If you are planning on speaking Tuesday night at 6:00 at the City Council meeting, please attend tonight's gathering at Avo's at 5:30.

The council members appreciate having a clear, organized approach to presentations and are put off by repetition of info.

I want to thank everyone who has been working on this issue. We would not have gotten this far without the help of everyone.