As many readers know, I have founded a community group, "4 Chesapeake Hens," which is trying to get the zoning laws changed in Chesapeake, Virginia. Current laws allow laying hens on land zoned agricultural or on "Residential Estates" of three acres or more. Our group finds these laws unnecessarily restrictive!
If you agree, and you live near Chesapeake, Virginia, here are some things you can do to help:
1. "Like" our Facebook page. This is the easiest way to stay abreast of our group's activities.
2. Contact our Mayor and Members of Council. Politely and respectfully let them know why you feel changes are needed. Contact information is available online. Please be aware that Councilman Robert Ike is already 100% in our corner.
3. Mark your calendars for 6 PM on Tuesday, August 14. Come to the Chesapeake City Council meeting, dressed in red. Sit with our group, and make your wishes known by being visible! If you would like to speak, sign up before 6:30 PM, and plan on three minutes. You might get five if there are few speakers, but there's no guarantee. If you sign up on time, you will get three minutes, guaranteed.
Councilman Ike has given us notice that council will be referring the "Hen" issue to the planning commission the
night of August 14th. Let's get our presentations ready for that meeting..... If they don't
recommend approval, we are probably dead in the water!
Update on 8/6/12: Patricia Foreman, author of City Chicks, has pledged to do all she can to help us!
Update: On November 20, Chesapeake City Council voted 6-3 to allow hens
with certain restriction in residential areas.