Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Steps we need to take

Also discussed at tonight's meeting were the steps we need to take and some individuals who might help with those tasks:

1. talk to CCNA/CONA to determine their concerns or objections
2. set up tour of property in Venice where chicken keeping is allowed
3. video of some local examples of backyard, urban chickens (ALEX)
4. talk to Chuck Henry - director of Environmental Health for Sarasota County Health Dept.
5. since city of Sarasota will grant temporary permits for chicken keeping under certain circumstances, we discussed setting up a city resident with some backyard chickens as a model for what we want to achieve (DAVID)
6. we also discussed the possibility of getting FL House involved
7. talk to county commissioners and planners to see what their concerns or suggestions might be
8. research county zoning - what percent of single family residential dwellings in Sarasota either a)are already zoned to allow chickens b)would not allow chickens based on deed restrictions or c)have no deed restrictions but aren't currently zoned for chickens (REBEKAH)
9. look at some what to survey where chickens are currently being raised (legally and otherwise)
10. develop a fact sheet (this was mentioned toward the end of the meeting and I didn't quite catch it all) (DAVID)
11. once we have ironed out some details of what we might propose in our ordinance, we should develop an online survey and distribute through the blog and facebook group so we can get a consensus as to which restrictions are best to include in the ordinance

I'm sure there are some things I missed as there was plenty of discussion, but we have plenty of work to do for now!!

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