I went to the city hall here today, just curious as to the ordinances since I had considered the merits of raising chickens for a long time, and was probably only a handful of weeks away from getting everything together, so by spring I would have egg producing birds. Well, as a final go/no-go I had to physically go to the city hall and see what the ordinances said. Sure thing, I find this: No person shall keep or cause or allow to be kept upon any property in the City or in any building located thereon, which property is classified in the Zoning Ordinances as a residential district, any bees, pigeons, chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys or livestock. • • • [701.03 EXCEPTIONS FOR PIGEONS. Section 701.01 shall not apply to the keeping of a homing and/or racing pigeon loft within the City.] Well, that won't due. Further inspection shows that you cannot seem to grow any sort of food within the city, or collect rain water in barrels, or compost. So, I take my issue up to the zoning office. They seemed amused at the idea of chickens being kept within the city limits, and said that Friday I need to call and make some appointments. I did some sniffing around today, spoke to a few people, and now there are apparently some people on my side trying to get me in touch with urban planning and urban farming movements in nearby cities. I'm not entirely sure what I've started or how to progress from here except talk to my contacts. This is a very set-in-its-ways city atleast 20 years behind the rest of the country, everything is an uphill battle.. Advice?