Rezoning Update: So we had meeting number 2 tonight for our rezoning application and I’ll start off by saying they voted 5-1 to recommend APPROVAL of our application to the city council! So YAY, but it almost didn’t happen, and here’s why…
After the meeting opened our neighbor and Pastor of the Center Point Independent Church for the past 42 years Charles Baker got up and said some very nice and encouraging words in our favor. Afterwards A gentleman whom we did not know also spoke in our favor, because in his words “all this fuss over some chickens is just silly and they should be able to keep them”. The neighbor that was opposed did not attend this meeting, so there was no one to speak against the rezoning.
At this point they began to talk about how according to the ordinances we would not be allowed to keep any fowl even if we were to be zoned Agricultural. Now, this came up last time and I thought it had been addressed. The confusion comes in because the first line in the agricultural zoning ordinance says:
No livestock, poultry or fowl shall be permitted in any zoning district.
So as you can see it would appear our case was hopeless and should have ended before it ever began. That is if it wasn’t for a single line further down that the zoning commission didn’t even know existed.
Farm animals and fowls are permitted only in agricultural districts, on parcels of five acres or greater.
Of course we knew this line existed the entire time, and it is the reason we sought out the rezoning in the first place. I also sent an email after the first meeting pointing out this ordinance. It seems however, the email did not make it to the zoning commission members. As you can imagine once this was pointed out everything they had talked about the day before ( they had a special meeting yesterday to discuss this matter) was out the window. The mayor and the councilman both went into his office for a few minutes of discussion. Once they came out they told everyone that yes indeed this line did exist and that they should now move to vote. After a motion was made to vote to recommend approval, it was seconded and they quickly voted to approve it 5-1.
Now it will be sent to the City Council and a public hearing will be scheduled. This should happen on August 13th, after the hearing they will have a meeting and vote on whether or not to approve. I’ve been told that generally they follow the recommendation of the zoning commission. Overall things are looking good!
PS. This is all especially exciting since we found out Sunday morning that 4 baby chicks hatched the night before!