Update: We sent letters and supplemental information to all of the County Commisioners and the Brevard County Zoning Department and we were contacted by a Commisioner's Office requesting our submission to be on a Board of County Commisioner's meeting Agenda. We have a tenative date of April 3rd to speak before them.
If you have not done so please sign the petition at http://www.avidhomestead.com/communities/usa/florida/brevard-county/petition.aspx.
Anyone who still has a paper petition we need them returned ASAP.
The text of the request:
We respectfully request immediate relief for families in Brevard County through an expedited approval of backyard poultry, excluding roosters, on residential lots having a minimum of .20 acres in un-incorporated Brevard County residential neighborhoods. We feel a good preliminary number of poultry to be allowed would be 2 fowl per .10 acres of property.
Summary Explanation & Background:
A petition to allow traditional homesteading which includes certain farm animals and fowl has been posted to various locations across Brevard County and also online at http://www.avidhomestead.com./ to allow residents the right to raise certain food source animals on residential property limited by animal types, parcel zoning and parcel size in a humane and responsible manner. This Citizen Request is a direct result of the petition response and is focused on backyard poultry.
Our community has a long agricultural history and we, the petition supporters, see the advantages of increasing our opportunities with a GREEN- FRIENDLY government. We are asking you to recognize and be an active part of the larger, nationwide trend by opening the doors that would allow us to be more environmentally responsible, self-sufficient and self-supporting.
Many residents of Brevard in the un-incorporated areas of our county are already keeping backyard poultry and fowl as pets, as home-schooling or 4-H projects or as a means of supporting their families. Immediate approval in allowing backyard poultry would give these families some relief from code enforcement issues and offer some peace of mind in these uncertain and turbulent economic times.
BACKYARD POULTRY offer many advantages:
~An excellent, low-maintenance food source for eggs and meat. As food prices continue to rise and local families struggle to make ends meet backyard poultry offers a means for residents to stretch their dollar farther and supports local business including, but not limited to, small farmers, green markets, feed and seed stores.
~Backyard poultry is an essential part of non-herbicide / pesticide-free gardening. Chickens eat weeds, grass and harmful bugs and pests in yards and gardens while making easily compostable, nutrient rich fertilizer.
~Hens make excellent pets with a soft clucking sound which has a lower decibel level than dogs barking or car horns. Chickens offer ways to teach our young the value of life and for them to observe one of the many ways humans and animals can have a mutually beneficial relationship.
For those concerned with potential problems by permitting backyard poultry, the means to address nuisance animals or poor management practices resulting inappropriate or inhumane treatment already exist in Brevard County Animal Control laws.
We really appreciate the support we've recieved so far from everyone!
-Toby & Margaret