Allow Urban Chickens!
  • Petitioned Winston-Salem City Council

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Winston-Salem City Council
Mayor, Winston-Salem
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Allow Urban Chickens!

    1. Tyler Harmon-Townsend
    2. Petition by

      Tyler Harmon-Townsend

      Winston-Salem, NC

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Chickens are the most sustainable pet on the planet. They eat unwanted pests like mosquitos, provide organic fertilizer for gardens, encourage healthy worm growth and micronutrients in topsoil, and consume organic waste, saving it from the landfill. And best of all, they provide a healthy, sustainable supply of fresh eggs.

Backyard chickens are no more of a threat or nuisance to urban life than a dog or cat, yet offer many benefits that man's best friends do not. It is important to residents with concern for the environment, humane treatment of animals, or their own health to have access to this great alternative to mainstream poultry.

Over 500 U.S. cities and towns have changed their rules to make it easy for people to keep backyard chickens in recent years. 

Chapel Hill, Charlotte and High Point all specifically allow backyard chickens, with similar restrictions, while others such as Greensboro and Raleigh do not restrict chickens at all. We want our ordinances to be updated similarly to make it easier to keep urban chickens, while still requiring sanitation and humane treatment to the animals.

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    News

    1. W-S Committee to hold Public Input hearing at their July Meeting!

      Tyler Harmon-Townsend
      Petition Organizer

      July 10, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in Committee Room #239, City Hall

      The Winston-Salem Community Development / Housing / General Government Committee decided in their April meeting to have a "public comment input period" at this meeting. Check out the Google Site below for more info!

    2. Reached 250 signatures
    3. Stay Tuned for Public Hearing!

      Tyler Harmon-Townsend
      Petition Organizer

      Tonight's committee meeting was very informational. Mr. Charles B. Norton, of the inspections division, presented a thorough report on the issues behind Urban Chickens. It was extremely unbiased, and offered promising conclusions about the issue. Please feel free to read his attached report.

      They will be holding a hearing to collect public opinions about it in a few months- I will keep you updated as soon as the date is set.

    4. Committee Meeting 6PM this TUESDAY, Apr. 10 in City Hall!

      Tyler Harmon-Townsend
      Petition Organizer

      The momentum is rolling on our cause. The city has heard us, and is considering changing the ordinances. They are holding a public meeting to discuss the issue this week. If you are available, please try to make it to this meeting to speak out about why you support our rights to keep backyard chickens! Be prepared to talk about specifically why you support it, what are the benefits, and how it affects you personally.

      The Winston-Salem City Council’s Community Development/Housing/General Government Committee will discuss "POSSIBLE AMENDMENTS TO LOCAL ORDINANCES FOR THE KEEPING OF CHICKENS" at its upcoming meeting:

      6 p.m. this Tuesday Apr. 10 at City Hall, 101 N. Main St.

      The link below will bring you to the agenda for this week's meeting. If you click on the first item on the agenda, G-1, you will see links to two additional documents- both pertain to the urban chicken issue. Feel free to check them out.

      I hope to see you there! And thank you so much for your support.

    5. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Jason Wilkinso GREENSBORO, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      I always thought it was a silly law when I moved here.

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    • Greg McNeer WINSTON SALEM, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      My family and I have 4 backyard chickens. I secured a permit as currently required by the city, though the process was expensive and time consuming. The experience of raising chickens has proven to be delightful - for both my children and our neighbors. In addition to providing hours of entertainment, many lessons in hard work, responsibility, and the food chain, our birds regularly give us fresh, organic eggs for our table. Amending this ordinance is a multi-level "win" that the city of W-S should not fear.

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    • Bonnie Clark WINSTON-SALEM, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      Not only is it much better nutritionally and spiritually to eat free range or NON-TORTURED chickens and their eggs, but until we begin resuming SUSTAINABLE food practices, our health and safety as a species is endangered, and our ability to support our families hampered.

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    • Virginia Weiler WINSTON-SALEM, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      I would like to see more local production of our food.

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    • Libby Fortin GREENSBORO, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      My three reasons just got tucked in: Ida Claire, Lena and Vera. Rhode Island Reds and a Black Star.

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