Weatherford Democrat

April 23, 2013

City to discuss final fowl decision


Weatherford Democrat

By BRIAN SMITH

To have fowl or not to have fowl. That is the question.

After several weeks of gathering public opinion, Weatherford city council members are expected to consider whether to allow chickens inside the city limits during Tuesday night’s regular meeting.

Council members had considered the item at its Feb. 26 meeting but decided they needed more time to gauge public opinion before making a decision. Since then, the city has used several ways of gauging public opinion, including hosting a radio show, posting signs at First Monday events in March, and posting an online survey for more than 30 days.

In a staff report, 174 people responded, with 164 of those living in the city limits, which was required. The survey found 90 of the 164 who took part in the survey to be in favor of having chickens, with nine of the 10 who lived outside the city in favor.

If the council approves the measure, the amendment allows hens only and restricts the number that can be kept to three and the coops must be kept at least 50 feet from a neighbor’s property line. There are also restrictions on chickens running at large and on any conditions that constitutes a nuisance.

The council will also consider acting on the Parks and Recreation Board recommendation to begin work on a park space master plan that was last updated in 2002. Park board members say the plan needs to be looked at and changes made to ensure the parks are still meeting the needs and wants of those that use them, a staff report stated.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 303 Palo Pinto St.