|My daughter with a miniature rooster at Grandma's.|
My enthusiasm about hens in Knoxville has declined tremendously. I am concerned about several things:
--there will probably be unreasonable fees/roadblocks to acquire hens
--officials will likely be able to seize hens for frivolous reasons (as well as for serious reasons, which is OK)
--fees for not having hens registered properly, etc could be outrageous
I am disappointed. I remain very much in favor of hens in the city, but I no longer feel I would recommend hens under the above conditions.
In fact, after seeing where this ordinance was headed, I sent my own hens to live with grandma in Corryton.
As an example, let's say there's a case of bird flu in Memphis. What if officials here decide that's reason enough to come seize your hens? Not hens four doors down (across the county line), only your registered hens, which you paid unreasonably high annual fees just to have. No way I'd want that to happen to my girls.
|Group of hens relaxing at Grandma's|
Here's where things currently stand:
The next step is to alter the zoning code to permit hens in residential zoning districts. Zoning code changes must originate with the Metropolitan Planning Commission, whose staff is expected to make recommendations on whether hens should be made legal in all or just some residential zones, and
whether they are permitted as a use-by-right or only with a use-on-review.
Once acted on by MPC, any proposed change or addition to the zoning code must then by approved by City Council in two separate readings.