Holly Springs mulls backyard chickens
by Joshua Sharpe
June 16, 2013 12:00 AM | 1926 views | 1 1 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The city of Holly Springs may soon join the flock of metro Atlanta cities to allow residents to keep backyard chickens, with the Planning Commission set to consider the topic at its meeting July 27.

Rob Logan, Holly Springs city manager, said Friday that several residents have approached the city asking for changes to be made to city regulations to allow the birds in residential areas.

Holly Springs Community Development Director Nancy Moon said Friday she is now penning the first draft of an amendment to the city’s ordinance, which would give these fowl-friendly residents the OK. For the changes to go through, both the Planning Commission and City Council would have to approve.

Moon said Friday that the ordinance reworkings haven’t been completely fleshed out yet, but they will likely be based on the ordinance of nearby Acworth and will have stipulations written in for how many chickens each property owner can keep.

These restrictions will likely be based on how many acres a resident has, she said.

Moon said some Holly Springs residents hope to bring in chickens mostly for food purposes, but “Some people actually like them as pets.”

And she said Holly Springs’ ordinance likely won’t make a distinction between these two sects of chicken-owner hopefuls.

“Everybody is going to be bound by the same set of rules,” Moon said. “I don’t think it’s going to be based on what you’re going to use (them) for.”

Moon said the issue of backyard chickens came to light in Holly Springs when several residents came to a City Council meeting in May and requested that the council reconsider the current regulations.

“And council was in favor of looking into it and investigating it, (because of) the growing trend of sustainability,” she said.

If the changes to the city’s ordinance go through, though, Moon said they will only apply to chickens of the non-crowing variety.

“More than likely, roosters are going to not be allowed, because that is your biggest nuisance complaint,” she said.
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Bird Man
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June 16, 2013
Mandatory firearms and backyard chickens: Seems one would take care of the other.
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