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Cobb County Board of Commissioners Meeting

Almost two years of hard work has led us to this- The Planning Commissioner will present a list a code amendments to the Board. Among the amendments is a change concerning poultry on less than two acres. There will be a Public Hearing at this meeting for the Amendments. The Amendments will be voted on in February, after a second public hearing. If you care about legalized poultry, or private property, you must attend this meeting and stand up for your Rights!

The Planning Commission suggests a Special Land Use Permit to own a chicken or a duck. You would have to do the following:
• file an application for a Permit at least two months in advance
• include a $1,000 application fee- which is non refundable if the permit is denied
• include a $300 refundable deposit for County signs that have to be posted on their property, and cost $9 each
• include a current plot plan and boundary survey stamped by a registered engineer, architect, land planner or land surveyor
• attend the Zoning Hearing
• send a first class letter to all property owners within a 1,000 foot radius

After all of this, your application will be subject to the normal fifteen special land use considerations, and an addition four considerations, just for animals- including the number of animals, the size and architectural style of the coop, and buffering or screening measures for adjacent properties.

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  • Meg

    I heard about this on NPR tonight on my way home. Good luck guys!

    1 · January 22, 2013

  • Harlowe

    Other than that poor kid getting
    manhandled by the Gestapo it was
    great

    1 · January 22, 2013

  • Bren A.

    I'm really sorry -but my car is in the shop, and it looks like I can't make it in person tomorrow. (Stuck over 80 miles away).
    What can I do to help?

    January 21, 2013

    • Joseph P.

      Go to backyardchix.com & send the Commissioners an email. Sorry about your car-

      January 21, 2013

    • Bren A.

      I will do that for sure. Thanks.

      January 21, 2013

  • Joseph P.

    Since it is a Public Hearing, you are allowed up to three minutes to comment on it. We need people to attend, and to comment! The opposition will there~

    January 12, 2013

  • J

    Are you kidding me???

    Do they want a blood sample and my First Born Child as a sacrifice ???

    Am I misreading this or would it cost upwards of $1,300 - $1,400 !? To have some chickens.

    January 12, 2013

    • Kevin N.

      AND the $1,000 would not be refunded if they denied the application.

      January 12, 2013

    • Joseph P.

      Yes, J. Only $300 is refundable. If you do not have a current survey, you would have to get one. You would need an engineer or architect to draw & stamp the drawings as well. If the County decided, they could make you put in trees as a screen so your neighbors would not have to see the coop or the birds.

      On the other side, there are no limits on the number of cats or dogs, even pot belly pigs, that you can own. I can own 15 Great Danes on my 1/2 acre, but not a hen.

      January 12, 2013

  • Joseph P.

    More details at www.backyardchix.org

    January 12, 2013

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