Council can still reverse the recent planning committee decision to reject a pilot project for wards 1 and 2 to allow the ownership of a small number of backyard hens.
By Ryan McGreal
Published December 06, 2012
this article has been updated
At the December 4, 2012 planning committee meeting, councillors voted down a proposal to establish a pilot project in wards 1 and 2 that would allow the ownership of a small number of backyard hens.
That motion still needs to go to Council to be finalized, and there is still a chance for Council to reverse the planning committee's decision.
That means you still have time to send a letter of support for the backyard hen motion to be included in the correspondence for the December 12 Council meeting.
If you send a letter before 4:30 PM today (Thursday, December 6), it will be included in the printed council agenda. Otherwise, it will be added under changes to the agenda.
Here's my letter:
Dear Mayor and Members of Council,
On December 4, 2012, the planning committee voted against a pilot project in wards 1 and 2 that would allow residents to keep a small number of backyard hens, even though the evidence does not support the objections that were raised.
Quite simply, a bylaw that allows the responsible ownership of a small number of backyard hens poses no significant risk of harm. There is no good reason not to support this proposal - especially given that it is only a pilot for wards 1 and 2, and the councillors for those wards support it.
I ask council to reverse the decision of the planning committee and approve this pilot project. Then, if the negative outcomes that some councillors fear materialize, council will have a chance to evaluate the results of the pilot and decide accordingly.
Update: this article originally stated that the deadline for letters is Monday, December 11. However, as this comment points out, December 11 is not a Monday. The correct date is Tuesday, December 11. RTH regrets the error. You can jump to the changed paragraph.