1. valereee

    valereee Ordinance Wrangler

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    Montgomery (OH) City Council last night voted unanimously (7-0) to re-legalize the keeping of chickens in the city, after criminalizing it in July. Residents had objected to criminalizing an activity that was currently legal and had been causing no problems, and they also provided City Council with extensive research showing that chicken-keeping was not a problem in suburban backyards, and City Council listened. Re-legalizing the practice required a public hearing and three readings of the amended ordinance.

    Chickens currently being kept illegally in Montgomery will once again be legal starting January 1st, under the following conditions:

    * No more than six chickens may be kept
    * No roosters will be allowed
    * Coops and enclosures must not be visible from the street, must be screened from neighboring properties by fencing or landscaping, and must adhere to setbacks and property maintenance codes.

    Montgomery is an upscale suburb of Cincinnati which bills itself as a "Premiere Residential Community" and City Council's first knee-jerk reaction to an inquiry by a resident into whether it was legal for her to keep chickens had been to investigate, find out it was currently legal, and promptly criminalize it. City Council believed that very few residents would approve of allowing chicken-keeping, but in an online public forum opinion was 3-1 in favor of continuing to allow chicken-keeping, and during a public hearing at city hall, not one person objected to allowing chickens. After having voted unanimously to criminalize keeping chickens in July, council completely reversed itself last night.

    If Montgomery -- where people are exceptionally concerned about how what goes on next door will affect their property values -- can take this progressive step, I believe that with a professional, courteous approach, any of us can change the chicken laws in our areas.
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2009
  2. cthrash1

    cthrash1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Somerset, KY
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    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
     
  3. chuckzoo

    chuckzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2009
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    Good for you!
     
  4. Soccer Mom

    Soccer Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2009
    West of Crazy
    Good for you! I hate the knee jerk reaction some upscale communities have to the idea that keeping livestock is low class and dirty. Small livestock such as poultry, rabbits and goats fit quite well in the suburban landscape.

    Excellent job in educating them!
     
  5. mdbokc

    mdbokc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    Outstanding!!!

    Just finished the link on "extensive research." Marvelous piece of work!
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2009
  6. WingingIt

    WingingIt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    Wonderful! Congratulations!!!!
     
  7. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WOOOHOOOO! Congrats!!!
     
  8. Bandit

    Bandit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great post! Way to fight City Hall. We don't have a chicken ordinance here and I don't dare try to get the law changed since if we lost I would have to give up my girls and right now I'm flying under the radar with them. Have to think of a way to get one.
     
  9. Catstar68

    Catstar68 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] One more step towards CHICKENS FOR ALL! [​IMG]
     
  10. alicefelldown

    alicefelldown Looking for a broody

    Aug 18, 2008
    Quote:Seriously, that is a great document. Did you hand that out or submit it to the council?
     

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