Fort Collins has been a model in expanding Urban farming, until now. We have been able to keep farm animals including roosters on our 5 acre lot as four zoning areas have been exempt from all regulations regarding livestock. Recently the City has been examining the land use and is thinking of making the laws more lenient to include hoop houses, ducks and goats on small lots and also to allow farm stands in residential areas. Unfortunately, they are also considering tighter restrictions on Urban Estate and other zones where we had no restrictions before including banning rooster entirely and setbacks for livestock in property near ditches and streams (mine abuts both on 2 sides) citing concerns over run-off impacting stream health. The rooster ban has caught me totally off-guard. They cite 4-H and higher nutrition of eggs as the only reasons for keeping roosters and noise as the reason for the ban. This tells me that whomever came up with the proposal doesn't really know anything about roosters because I can come up with plenty of reasons to keep roosters, but egg nutrition is not one of them. I have 5 acres and the only close neighbor has told me that my rooster is charming and does not bother him. So why does the city feel compelled to restrict my rights? My ability to keep my horse is also impacted even though there is no run-off that would be a problem. Run-off from over-fertilized blue-grass lawns is a far bigger problem IMO. I think my historical property use will be restricted if this new ordinance is passed. Not only that, but I feel that I will be damaged because if it passed I will have to put up additional fencing for my horse and will no longer be able to raise my own replacement chicks. Or move out of the home I have owned for over 20 years. Any lawyers or legally savvy experts out there that can comment on the legitimacy of these restrictions when the city is trying to expand most areas to allow agriculture yet are cutting back the fair use of my previously unrestricted land? What are my options? How do I go about finding a lawyer that specializes in these sorts of issues?