Wednesday, February 27, 2013
"I would much rather have a couple of chickens in my neighborhood than a couple of my neighbors," Maxine Saless of Marietta said.
If you live on less than two acres in size and you want chickens in your backyard, Cobb County will at least consider your request now. With Chairman Tim Lee and and District 3 Commissioner JoAnn Birrell opposed, the Board of Commissioners Tuesday night voted 3-2 in favor of a code amendment that allows Cobb residents to apply to the Board of Zoning Appeals for backyard poultry on lots of that size. The final vote didn't sit well with several East Cobb residents who urged commissioners earlier in the evening to oppose the amendment. "I know first-hand what backyard chickens can do," Melanie Skinner said. "I had a neighbor who illegally was raising them on ¾ of an acre. When you have poultry in your backyard, it's going to bring the vermin…
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Two Cobb citizens came before the Board of Commissioners to plead for their causes.
An otherwise routine Tuesday evening meeting of the Board of Commissioners of Cobb County was colored by the appearance of two public speakers coming before the board pleading for the right to own chickens and to rail against money in politics. Joseph Pond, founder of the Backyard Chickens Alliance of Cobb County, once again stressed his recommendation that the board alter the 40 year old zoning code and allow chickens and ducks to be counted as pets and not livestock. With the current code, chickens and ducks can only be kept on properties exceeding two acres in size. Pond said that if the code was amended, neighborhoods with HOAs would be able to restrict chicken keeping. Pond lost his job two weeks ago and his chickens in the fall of …
Saturday, May 5, 2012
An East Cobb business is the venue for the Backyard Chickens Alliance event.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Joseph Pond
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Business on the Spot is sponsoring an educational event called 'Cocktails and Chickens' for the Backyard Chickens Alliance on Sunday from 4-7 p.m. at 2501 East Piedmont Road in East Cobb. It will be a family event aimed at exploring not only the right to own and raise chickens but all that entails healthy home living. The potluck style event is free to the public, but people are asked to bring drinks, a vegetable dish and a non-vegetable dish enough to feed your party and share samples, and plastic ware and paper plates. Attendees are also encouraged to bring something homemade from soap to rope, smudges to fudges and anything in between for a Silent Auction with proceeds going to the Backyard Chickens Alliance. For the kids, there will be…