Allow urban chicken keeping in Temple Terrace!

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Temple Terrace wants to be a current and relevant community. In order to rejuvenate the neighborhoods we need to attract and keep young families and professionals. Currently an issue we see is that Temple Terrace does not allow chickens to be kept on residential properties. Urban homesteading is becoming a popular pastime for many of the young families that we know, and many of those families are choosing Seminole Heights over Temple Terrace for the ability to keep little farms. 

However, many families throughout our city are keeping small flocks under the radar through handshake agreements with their neighbors. Our family was operating the same way until recently when our coop was reported to code enforcement. Now our family is facing losing our pets. I will be able to speak to City Council on 8/1 and would like to bring this petition to show our community's support.

The benefits for homesteading are great. I for one have noticed a significant increase in the amount of time my children want to spend outside, enjoying nature and taking responsibility for our animals. Now more than ever children need time being grounded in nature and aware of where their food comes from. It's important for them to understand the life cycle. It's important for them to grown their own food and take pride in it. It's also wonderful to have access to beautiful, fresh, organic eggs daily.

This petition is to ask for a change in the code SECTION 4.420.2: to follow Tampa's law "The rules ban roosters and limit owners to one hen per 1,000 square feet of lot size. That means an average city residential lot could have five hens.The chickens must live in a coop no more than 6 feet tall and with less than a 125-square-foot footprint." Multiple attempts have been made to change the law in Temple Terrace without success. However, Tampa, Sarasota, Dade City, have all yielded to residents wishes. 

"Tampa's history is filled with backyard chickens, largely in Ybor City and West Tampa, where immigrants kept them for eggs and meat. Their descendants still roam the streets in those areas. In recent years, however, backyard chickens have become popular among city dwellers concerned about the safety of the food they get from grocery stores. From Maine to California, cities big and small have yielded to the call to treat chickens as pets."http://www.tbo.com/news/politics/chickens-now-legal-in-tampa-backyards-20130721/
http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/underground-chickens-cluck-quietly-in-temple-terrace/2210015



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