Hi all, We just got to the point that we think the city is going to vote to approve an ordinance to allow BYC. That's the good news, and about 8 years in the making. Whew. The bad news is that now I can't get them to allow me, on my own property, which is free and clear of debt or lein, even a variance to repurpose into a coop an existing, sturdy aboveground pool deck which sits, detached, 24 ft. from the house. Basically, they're telling me that if it has four walls and a roof, it has to rest on a 4 ft. high concrete foundation. When I asked why, the answer they gave me was "Well, some future owner of your home may try to convert it into a residence and live in it." Huh? Why am *I* on the hook for what some future, unknown resident might do with it? I mean, we can play "what if" all day in that case. What if I don't ever sell the house? What if Martians teleport the whole coop into their ship? Looking through the published building code language for the city, there is nothing that remotely addresses converting a pool deck into a shed, a greenhouse, or, especially, a chicken coop. When I asked on what legal basis this kind of trouble is justified, they said "It's just the way we've always done these types of things." and "Some future homeowner might sue us if it falls down." Really? That's all they have? So, my questions are: Has anyone else dealt with this type of stuff? What's the most politically canny approach to tripping them with their own clumsiness and getting my coop aboveground, away from predators, and without taking out a second mortgage to do so? Engineering-wise, it's soooo simple, but this is just nuts.