Vision's backyard chicken initiative is coming home to roost one more time
It's official, the public hearing into Vision Vancouver's proposal to bring chickens to a backyard near you has now been scheduled for next Tuesday. A note was sent out by the social policy division to members of the City's Food Policy Council alerting them of the event.
The policy was introduced by Councillor Andrea Reimer (a.k.a "The Chicken Lady"...as noted by her colleague Raymond Louie) a number of months back and should become law after the public hearing is complete. The proposal includes the expenditure of $20,000 on a homeless shelter for chickens.
If you're interested in speaking to council on this topic, you may want to read the following memo to get more details on how you can get involved:
Dear Food Policy Colleague,
Re: Public Hearing - Changes to the Zoning and Development Bylaw
Recently, City Council approved Guidelines for the Keeping of Backyard Hens. In so doing, the also approved staff recommendations around a series of proposed changes to the Zoning and Development Bylaw. These changes are needed to accommodate the new Guidelines.
This letter is to inform you that a public hearing to discuss these changes is being held at the following date and time:
Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.
COUNCIL CHAMBER, THIRD FLOOR
CITY HALL, 453 WEST 12TH AVENUE
If approved, the amendments would designate allowable zones for the keeping of backyard hens, and add standards for the size and location of hen enclosures on residential lots.
Anyone who considers themselves affected by the proposed by-law amendments can speak at the Public Hearing.
To speak at the public hearing please register individually by telephone before 5:00 p.m. May 18, 2010, by calling Terri Burke in the City Clerk's Department at 604.871.6399. You may also register in person at the door between 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. before the Hearing.
Copies of the draft by-laws may be seen on and after May 7, 2010 at the City Clerk's Department in City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue, or in the Planning Department, 3rd Floor, East Wing of City Hall, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All meetings of Council are webcast. The minutes to the Public Hearing meetings are available on the Council Meeting web page approximately two days following the conclusion of the meeting.
To access the approved Guidelines for the Keeping of Backyard Hens - http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20100408/documents/penv3.pdf
For more information on the City's work on backyard hens - http://vancouver.ca/chickens
As they say, this policy may not be all that it's cracked up to be. So you had best lay out your schedule accordingly in order to ensure you have the time to speak to this issue. You can expect feathers will fly in council on this controversial issue which has dominated the headlines over the last several months. Hope to see you there. Remember, the early bird catches the worm...so register to speak as soon as you can!