After much inspiration from others here, and others here in my locale, I'm calling for support in Norfolk, VA! The City Council is due to have their May meeting on Tuesday, May 10 (on their website it looks like it's starting at 7pm, but I will be calling to verify this tmrw & will update). After speaking with Five Points Community Farmers Market this morning, the lady informed me the topic of 'chickens' will be brought up at this meeting. I'm encouraging you to show your support & would love to see a great turnout. There seems (from what I can tell) a patched-together group that wants to 'do something' but nothing formal- I'm willing to do what I can to try to organize this!! But I've never done anything like this and would really appreciate any help This lady also informed me that the following Council members are 'pretty supportive' of the efforts to allow chickens: - Dr. Theresa Whibley - Thomas Smigiel - Andy Protogyrou but... - Barclay Winn seems to be heavily on the fence. In order for any approval, we need 5 of the 8 votes "in favor of backyard chickens". The remaining Council Members need some RESPECTFUL persuasion to convince them that allowing backyard chickens won't be the end of the world (word has it, the prevailing attitude is "this is how it's always been, we don't need to change it"). And the Council Members I listed above need some thanks and respectful encouragement to keep supporting this effort. So please, if you can attend the meeting, COME!! Whether you can or not, PLEASE send *respectful* emails to all City Council members, explaining why they should allow chickens in residential areas and how/why this is beneficial to the residents of Norfolk!! You can find all their email addresses at http://www.norfolk.gov/City_Hall/ on the left side under "City Council Members". Feel free to call them also!! ****************************************************************************** For those of you unaware of how things currently stand: Norfolk City Ordinance states that poultry and other livestock and bees are not allowed on residential properties. But do allow for a 'house-pig' of 100# or less, fully vaccinated, etc. that is kept indoors overnight & no shelters are set up on the property to house the pig overnight. (these were last updated in 1992) In 1999, the Health Department changed their regulations stating chickens were allowed if you attain a permit. But failed to explain anything further and calls for more information meet hostility to say the least! It looks, after making more calls, the only permits given are for sentinel chickens used by the city to monitor mosquito control/disease/etc. (they test the chickens who are set up in specific locations for this reason), so getting a permit from the Health Department is IMPOSSIBLE for HOME-USE. I also want to inject here, that I was given information that Dr. Demetria Lindsay, the head of Norfolk's Health Department, is "strongly in favor of allowing backyard chickens". From what I've already been told by the City's Planning Committee the 'plan' is to update the City Ordinance, to be in line with that of the Health Department's regulations, which isn't good enough!! The fact this is still "in work" means we need to band together and respectfully let our voices be heard and our faces be seen!! Edited to correct Council Meeting time.