In a letter from the "Development & Sustainability Department" Dated August 25, 2009 Re: Livestock Regulations To Mesa Residence. The letter announces an upcoming City Council vote this fall. (How to submit comments on the proposed changes will be given at the end of this post.) If the proposed changes are approved: * the allowable size lot for keeping livestock is reduced from 43,000 square feet (a full acre) to 35,000 sq. ft. (a net acre) * NEW * new requirement would specify that barnyard fowl, such as ducks, chickens and roosters, may not be kept on a lot unless the parcel was a minimum of 35,000 square feet (currently there is no minimum lot size for keeping fowl) * there is also more specific regulations for livestock on large (multiple acre) lots * animals being raised as partof a 4-H or Future farmers project would be allowed on any lot ***Please submit comments to these proposed changes, no later than Thursday, September 17, 2009, one of these ways (we can't let them take our chickens away! 1.) Submit email comments to Debbie Archulet at: [email protected] 2.) Mail in comments to: Planning Division Attn: Debbie Archuleta P.O. Box 1466 Mesa, AZ 85211-1466 To discuss the livestock regulations please phone Gordon Sheffild, Zoning Administrator at 480-644-2199. Please note that normal business hours are 7am-6pm Monday through Thursday. Comments should be submitted no later than Thursday, September 17, 2009! Then they will compile the comments and present them to the City Council later in the fall. ***Most people I know do not have a full acre of land! I'm on a 9,500 sq. ft. lot which is plenty of room for a few chickens!!! I hope we can prevent them from taking away our legal right to have backyard chickens, PLEASE SUPPORT OUR CHICKENS AND SUBMIT A COMMENT TELLING THEM NOT TO REQUIRE AN ACRE OF LAND TO HAVE CHICKENS!!!*** Thank you!