Stephenville is known for maintaining a strong connection to its roots as an agricultural community, and residents may soon be able to join the urban farming trend by raising chickens right in their own backyards. The urban agriculture movement has caught the attention of home owners interested in living a sustainable lifestyle and supporting small, locally-owned businesses.
Texas is at the forefront of the movement, and residents in Flower Mound and Denton created a safe haven for chickens in their communities. The Flower Mound Town Council recently amended its chicken ownership ordinance, which previously limited ownership to residents who owned more than an acre of property. Now, residents with smaller lots can own up to four hens.
The Denton City Council is also considering new chicken ownership guidelines, and will vote on a more lenient ordinance within a few weeks. Denton Councilman Dalton Gregory is in favor of the campaign to allow urban chicken ownership, and is prepared to vote in favor of a new ordinance that will allow residents to own up to eight hens, provided that the birds are first registered with the city. Stephenville home owners concerned with the disturbance chickens could create in a residential neighborhood may want to take note of Denton’s registration provision if an urban farming amendment comes before the city council. Since the chickens have to be registered, newcomers who don’t want to contend with the smell and noise of chickens can easily find Texas real estate elsewhere in the city where urban farming is less popular.
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