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26 Comments

  1. 1

    Don

    Go with the Decatur model. Dunwoody is too restrictive.

  2. 2

    Michelle F

    Lord. Does EVERYTHING have to be regulated? What’s next?!?!?!?

  3. 3

    Frank Perdue

    I know how I would handle them chickens.

  4. 4

    Too much time on their hands

    A (1), Section 1, General Objective:
    The Overlay Zoning Code rewrite should include no more than 20 chickens per acre, with only 1 rooster per 10 hens. Multi-family chicken complexes should accommodate for tractor, farm equipment and all associated chicken farm management equipment when considering infrastructure requirements.

    A (1), Section 2, Height Restrictions

    No coop should be higher than 4 stories for residential chickens in Sub Area 1, but Sub area 2 should be limited to 3 stories, except in the case of affordable housing chicken coops for the chickens serving local restaurants.

    A (3) Only left hand turn lanes into, and out of, neighborhoods where existing chicken coops have higher density than residential homes

    A (4) Variance process

    All new chicken coops should be submitted to the Planning Commission for rezoning request. Any new residential chicken coop requiring variance should appear before the ZBA, etc,,

  5. 5

    EGGbert

    Don according to this video Brookhaven has no ordinance regulating chickens.

    Like Mayor Davis said, “Chicken people need to RISE UP!” Mayor Davis was clearly pro chicken. He thought number of birds should be based on lot size. To Mayor Davis’s credit, he stated he was not interested in a bee ordinance. Even Bates said he is not interested in unnecessary regulation. Eyre referenced the Decatur ordinance. Ms. Williams referenced Atlanta and Decatur chicken ordinances but she was mistaken as to the ordinance requirements.

    So if this is something Brookhaven residents are interested in, you have work to do.

  6. 6

    EGGbert

    To your point Michelle, in the video Mayor Davis stated if there is not already an ordinance, just leave it alone. Although I did not agree with him about making a city, I do agree with him we just dont need to regulate everything in our daily lives. Living in a city where people crave laws and use them against their neighbors is not my idea of the place I want to live. It’s like making a huge overregulated homeowners association. Too many cities with negative reputations because of their ordinances as it is.

  7. 7

    Riley OConnor

    Back in the day when Brookhaven Fields was considerably wilder than it is today, a young couple were planning to buy one of the new houses. They brought Mom and Dad over to see what they were thinking about purchasing. Mom, especially, was looking nervously about as they drove in, as well she should have since the neighborhood in that time was pretty frowsy. She was very concerned.

    Then they saw the house and, like the kids, fell in love with it. It was perfect and Mom declared that their new home would be wonderful. And that the neighborhood wasn’t all that bad.

    So, they hopped in the car and headed back out. When they got to the 4-way stop, Mom looked out the window, only to see one of the neighborhood dogs sitting by the road with a chicken hanging out of its mouth.

    The kids bought the house anyway.

  8. 8

    Susan

    That would just be typical of Brookhaven.

    Welcome to your Brookhaven!

  9. 9

    Howard S

    Thank you! Enough of the regulations! Soon they will find a way to TAX the bees and chickens!

  10. 10

    Jake

    There were Chickens and a rooster kept on Ashford rd as long as I can remember…

  11. 11

    Susan

    That was long, long ago when people had more freedom.

    Welcome to Brookhaven!

  12. 12

    Heather

    I get this. I’ve raised chicken from eggs inside and have known a lot of people keep them, and they can create a lot of problems if not done properly. Unfortunately they can also attract and increase the population of a lot of predators that sometimes carry diseases like rabies and Lepto. I suspect most chicken owners are good and polite but unfortunately some irresponsible people ruin it for everyone.

    As for bees- an increasing number kids these days have life-threatening allergies, so I can see why parents wouldn’t want a bee colony on the edge of their property.

  13. 13

    Eddie E.

    Yes, the predators (rodents, opossums, squirrels and raccoons) love to dine on both the feed for the chickens and the chickens themselves. Then they tend to look for areas around the buffet for comfy quarters to dig in. Do price barriers for eggs and chicken at the Kroger or Costco present such a problem for residents that they must encourage the number of vermin present for everyone?

  14. 14

    Eddie E.

    If we are going to do this, can I have pygmy horses, cattle, goats, pigs? If we are going to dive into urban animal husbandry, why not go whole hog?

  15. 15

    Heather

    I think it has more to do with a sort “urban farming” trend popular largely with the upper middle class where it’s cool to say, “I raise my own chickens for fresh organic eggs! And in the city!”

    It’s all fun and games until people realize how much poop accumulates in a small amount of space. . . .

  16. 16

    Diane

    Girl you haven’t lived until you have had chicken eggs from a chicken that gets to graze all day as opposed to a chicken factory egg produced by a egg factory selling to a local grocery store. Anyone that would raise birds for egg production has the education, responsibility and desire for a superior egg and doesn’t do it because it is the latest upper middle class fad.

    Just to clarify your poop confusion, dog and cat poop are not the same as chicken poop. No matter what you do, you do not want to use dog and cat poop in your garden. That’s why you NEVER see dog and cat poop for sale at the big box garden center stores like you do chicken poop.

  17. 17

    Eddie E.

    What if you are no big fan of eggs anyway and have absolutely no interest in smelling close quartered chickens.
    I don’t live on a farm for a number of reasons.

  18. 18

    Heather

    I used to live on a farm in Massachusetts right outside of Boston and my husband is from rural Vermont 🐄🐖🐑 and grew up doing farm chores.

    Perhaps it hasn’t become trendy here – I don’t know Brookhaven that well- but in some areas people will see a pretty chicken coop in the Williams Sonoma catalog, buy it and have no idea what they’re getting into.

    I’m not attacking chicken poop- the problem is when people keep chickens in a small caged area and DON’T clean.

    I love chickens and looked into getting a couple of pet Silkies (those are what I raised before) when I first moved to Brookhaven and certainly wouldn’t mind if anyone of my neighbors (most of which have half acre yards) got them– – – problems arise however when people try to smush too many chickens into tight spaces (subdivisions with small yards, town homes, etc).

    For the record I don’t think people should try to smush a ton of say, chihuahuas, into a small space either.

  19. 19

    Heather

    Ps- in Mass. they actually have chicken *rescues* LOL for all the people that buy chickens and can’t keep up with them.

  20. 20

    Heather

    For those that demand the best eggs there’s also farmers markets and CSA’s and such– it’s actually probably better to support our small local farms because they need all the help they can get.

  21. 21

    Dr. Macaroni Poodle

    I love the smell of chickens & bird lice in the morning.
    Yeah, they know I’m cool.
    I don’t play by the rules, heck I’m a visionary.
    Tell me what to do next please…
    ha, ha, ha!

  22. 22

    Saul

    Don’t worry, Brookhaven is here to save you and tell you what to do. Good thing we have this government as a safety net!

  23. 23

    Heather

    Lol, don’t give people ideas! In some places it’s trendy to get a pet goat for your backyard to make your own fresh, organic goat cheese.

  24. 24

    Anne from D1

    Hey Eddie don’t worry, we are slowly but surely legally eliminating those kinds of people from Brookhaven. They shortcut revenue tax that is duly Brookhaven’s by bypassing local stores. Take notice, you might be next.

  25. 25

    Vdh

    Love this.

  26. 26

    Heather

    I think you might be surprised at the number of animals that are abused or neglected despite a purchaser’s original intent.

    It’s no coincidence that most people that have worked in animal rescue also believe there should codes and laws promoting and upholding basic animal welfare.

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