110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Dec 2, 2013 - 2:40:31pm
Fowls will once again have their day (or evening) in DeBary City Council Chambers at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, when council members revisit the matter of the DeBary chicken ordinance.
In November 2012, the DeBary City Council passed a "Chicken Pilot Ordinance" inspired by J.J. Hart and his chickens. His parents said caring for his flock of chickens is therapeutic for the autistic youngster. Keeping poultry and other livestock has not been permitted in residential areas.
The ordinance didn't allow J.J. to keep all six of his chickens. The 2012 pilot ordinance allowed permitted residents to keep three hens in backyards of DeBary homes. The pilot ordinance allowed up to seven households to keep chickens during the pilot program.
So far, J.J. and his parents, Ashleigh and Joseph Hart, have the only chicken permit. A second application has been received recently, but is on hold pending the outcome of the City Council meeting, City Manager Dan Parrott said.
The ordinance will expire Tuesday, Dec. 31, unless the City Council votes to keep it. Council members can choose to modify its requirements and provisions if an ordinance is to be kept in effect.
An announcement of the intent to consider adoption of a brownfield area will also be made during the Wednesday, Dec. 4, meeting. The City Council will consider adoption of a resolution designating a brownfield area in the city during its 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 meeting at City Hall. The area under consideration stretches along U.S. Highway 17-92 roughly from Barwick Road to Dirksen Drive. A brownfield designation can help an area in need of redevelopment by enabling property owners to get tax credits for cleanups, along with loans, grants and other incentives.
If approved by the City Council, the brownfield designation request will go to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for approval.
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