Urban Chicken Ordinance Passes First Reading

Edited by: Caitlyn Jones

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Updated: 7/02/2013 11:41 pm
        Chattanooga residents say the proposed amendment to the city charter that would let Chattanooga residents own up to 8 hens shocks them.
        "All of a sudden I have a chicken coup at my next door and I thought that's not legal, what's that doing here.  And then I find out you guys are getting ready to vote this in.  I'm blown away," one woman said.
        Councilmembers also weighed in on their opposition.
        "I have had an overwhelming amount of residents contacting me all opposed to this ordinance with the exception of one," said Council Member Ken Smith.
        "I've had two realtors call me and say trying to sell a house with a chicken coup next to it is a kiss of death," Council Member Larry Grohn said.
     But the they didn't change the minds of the six councilmembers who voted yes to ordinance, that beat out their three no votes.
     They all agreed to hold an educational meeting on the ordinance before the second and final vote is held next week.
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