Need help to change chicken laws in PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA!!! - Page 2
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When the change to the ordnance was passed by the Board of County Supervisors, there was discussion about expanding the right to have chickens if there weren't any issues with the limited rollout. I recommend you contact Mr. Nick Evers in the Planning Department at email@example.com, 703-792-6830; he's the man I dealt with most of the time, and the one that presents the county's position to the board. If you get him on your side, your chances improve greatly. I found him to be fair, but very cautious. I also strongly recommend that you contact your individual supervisor and the chairman. I found that it's most effective when you meet with them personally. You will find that some supervisors will be on your side from the start, others believe that allowing chickens will set the county back 100 years and will insult your intelligence with hyperbolic arguments, and others will go where the majority goes.
I agree with you - it's just plain silly to restrict property rights like they do. For some reason we tolerate it. And when you speak up, prepare to get villanized in the press as a "redneck", the "chicken man", and that by having a few chickens you will somehow transform the county into Botswana. History and facts matter little. It's 90% emotion.
I did a little research on the history of the old ordnance, and it seems that back in the early 80s the county had a problem with dogs. The county formed some citizen working groups from various parts of the county to address the problem. Evidently there was little agreement in the groups as to how to address the dog issue, so they did nothing about that - but the scope of the group was expanded to include other animals, and there was agreement on chickens, so >poof< a new law was born. Not surprisingly, ignorance is boundless, and the desire to control others is insatiable.
Best of luck - let me know if I can help.
I am just starting a backyard garden and was hoping to have chickens in my backyard. I probably have just a quarter acre lot like most houses here. No HOA. I started a petition on change.org on this topic last year. I got just over 200 signatures. I was unfamiliar with the format and it did not present very well. Maybe that is something that can be done again. Perhaps with thousands of signatures we could get some action. I would love to also visit the supervisors office as a group. Schedule a meeting and present a petition with hundreds if not thousands of signatures. Anyone interested?