There are several reasons that backyard hens are an important issue of the day. As concerns continue to rise with regards to the economy, the environment, and food safety, many individuals are looking to their own backyards for solutions.
In a nutshell, backyard chickens are pets with benefits.
The Ordinance that we are proposing is a "win-win" for the City of Clarksville by allowing responsible land owners the right to own chickens and maintaining the legal fallback to cite irresponsible animal owners. The yearly permit and $25 fee will cover any necessary paperwork and man hours added.
Based on the City of Nashville, Tennessee's Ordinance BL2011-47 that was passed in January of 2012, it is very comprehensive in scope. It requires the chicken keeper to maintain proper upkeep of both his/her chickens, as well as the environment in which they reside. Properly maintained coops and chicken enclosures ensure that both the neighbors as well as the chickens will be happy and healthy.
Thank you for your time and consideration.