Council Addresses Chickens in City Limit

Reported by: Caitlyn Jones

Edited by: Caitlyn Jones
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Updated: 5/08/2013 12:04 am
        John Sweet's hens have become a big part of his family and lifestyle.
        "It's a lot like having a garden in your back yard," said Sweet,  "A tomato you grow yourself is more nutritious, more delicious, and you've got a unique emotional connection to the food you grow yourself and it's the same with eggs from chickens."
        However, they're illegal to own in Chattanooga, and Sweet hopes the council will change that.
        Chris Anderson drafted an ordinance to amend the city code that bans urban chickens.
        "I drafted it with the help of many people in the community both pro and anti chicken.  You might say a flock of community members," said Anderson.
        The council deferred the vote to July 2nd so the Animal Control Board could come up with regulations and an enforcement plan.
        The ordinance to allow urban chickens failed in 2010 under the previous city council, but advocates believe the effort is more organized and supported now and have high hopes of it passing.
        "We've got a new council and I think with our new administration and everything Chattanooga is prepared to be more progressive than ever," Sweet said.
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