Monday, September 17, 2012

Updated News From the Chesapeake Planning Commission

I received an email today from Beverly R. Hanson, the Office Coordinator for the City of Chesapeake's Planning Department. This was in response to " A Case for Chesapeake Hens," which I had submitted on behalf of 4 Chesapeake Hens for the Planning Commission's review.
She thanked me for providing the document and promised to forward it to the Planning Commission in anticipation of its meeting on October 10, 2012. She also said a proposed ordinance will be available online at within the next few days, and the staff recommendation will be available on or after October 5th.

This is exciting news! Will the proposed ordinance be something our group can support? Will the staff recommendation side with the chickens? Stay tuned: we will find out in the days and weeks to come!

Update: I just found out that the Planning Commission meeting on October 10 is open to the public. So that will be a busy week 4 Chesapeake Hens. We will be going to Pat Foreman's book-signing and lecture at the Central Library on the 9th, and then to the Planning Commission meeting on the 10th. But the end is near, and we are hopeful that it will bode well for the chickens.

Update: The Planning Commission has published its proposed hen ordinance here.  4 Chesapeake Hens is gathering comments from our Facebook page and from a related group, "Backyard Chickens for Chesapeake." Public comments are allowed at Planning Commission meetings, so we plan to make our opinions known at the October 10 hearing. We will be at that meeting dressed in red. Those who wish to speak need to sign up before 7 PM. Previous meetings can be watched online to get an idea of how the meetings are run. The meetings can also be watched live online at home by those unable to attend.

 Update: On November 20, Chesapeake City Council voted 6-3 to allow hens with certain restriction in residential areas.

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