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+ May 31, 2017 Page 1D BY LESLY DE LEON A bill proposed by Texas legislators could have made it a little easier for residents to raise chickens in their backyard. But Senate Bill 1620, authored byVan Taylor (R-Plane), died following Sine Die Monday after the bill didn't go for a vote in the Texas House of Representatives. SB 1620 could have allowed Texans to raise six or fewer chickens in their backyard. The bill was approved in the Senate April 5 and was voted out of the House Committee on Urban Affairs May 20. Some large metropolitan cities, including Austin, and smaller cities, like Kyle and Buda, already allow residents to raise chickens. While SB 1620 intends to prohibit local municipalities from preventing residents from raising six or fewer chickens in their backyards, it would have allowed cities to enact some restrictions. The bill allowed cities to impose a limit on the number of chickens an individual may raise, as well as prohibitions on poultry breeding, keeping roosters, and the minimum distance between a chicken coop and a residential structure. To align the city's ordinances with the proposed Texas bill, Kyle city council recently amended its chicken ordinance. The revised ordinance states residents may keep no more than six hens, and coops must be maintained at least 20 feet from neighboring residences and at least 10 feet from the owner's residence. With the previous chicken ordinance, there were very few areas in the city where backyard chickens were allowed, Councilmember Travis Mitchell said. "Our chicken ordinance was a little bit difficult to understand," Mitchell said. "You were only allowed to have chickens or hens in R- 1-1 subdivisions." However, residents of subdivisions not zoned R- 1-1 with similarly- sized or larger lots were still not allowed to raise backyard chickens. In 2013, the city of Wimberley adopted an ordinance allowing backyard hens, but not roosters, in properties of two or more acres. According to the ordinance, enclosures to keep chickens must be placed at least 20 feet from any adjacent property line and at least 30 feet from any adjacent residential structure. In Buda, residents can raise at most six adult chickens in a 1/2 acre or smaller lot. Owners of a lot 1 acre or bigger can raise at most 12 adult PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III The annual Fancy Feathers poultry show in Dripping Springs is one of many opportunities for backyard chicken raisers to show off their flocks and learn about poultry science. "Our chicken ordinance was a little bit difficult to understand ... You were only allowed to have chickens or hens in R-1-1 subdivisions." -Travis Mitchell, Kyle Ciy Council member chickens, they can apply for a prohibited from raising Additionally, shelter permit to keep one backyard chickens by for the chickens must be rooster for breeding their corresponding kept at least 50 feet from purposes, homeowners association. neighboring residences. Despite these local State and local law will While Buda residents ordinances and the Texas not change that, Mitchell may not raise roosters, bill, residents may still be said. What's the scoop on According to a 2014 study by the Poultry Science Association of backyard 71% chicken owners have fewer than 10 chickens of survey respondents 70% had kept chickens for less than 5 years of survey respondents 53% got their chickens from their local feed store Why do people raise chickens? Food for home use Gardening partners Pets/ companionship What are the biggest challenges for raising chickens? Minimizing predation Providing and affording adequate feed Dealing with soil management Complying with zoning rules BY LESLY DE LEON Kyle city leaders earlier this month approved a mid-term update to the 2010 Comprehensive Plan, which maps out future development in the city. Howard Koontz, Kyle director of planning, said the biggest change to the comprehensive plan is how much the city has grown since the 2010 plan. "We've annexed so much land just in the past two years, that was never really envisioned in the 2010 plan," Koontz said. "Those new lands need to be incorporated into our future land use map." The update to the comprehensive plan had to establish a plan for the future development of annexed land, Koontz said. Most of the land was voluntarily annexed by the property owners and its development was already planned for through development agreements, Koontz said. This includes the Blanco River North, Blanco Central, Blanco South and Pecan Woods developments, which are marked in the map.~ Therefore, land use for those areas had to be assigned in concurrence with the existing develop- ment agreements. Koontz said there were no wholesale changes of land use to other areas. He said amendments better reflect the develop- ment that has occurred. "The predominant land pattern and the his- tory of development had changed so much from what we envisioned dur- ing the 2010 process that we were better able to tailor what exactly the ex- pectation were for those "We've annexed so much land just in the past two years, that was never really envisioned in the 2010 plan. Those new lands need to be incorporated into our future land use map." -Howard Koontz, Kyle director of planning regions," Koontz said. centers and businessesthe update to the com- Officials also had to to Kyle. prehensive plans had to take into account the Similarly, a recently reflect the goals of sepa- city's strategic plans for approved parks plan rate strategic plans. growth, Koontz said. shows the city needed Councilmember Daph- "The biggest focus was more public areas for ne Tenorio, who voted that the comprehensive recreation and the city's against the comprehen- plan needed to paral- transportation plans sire plan update, said she lel the expectation of shows the level of service felt officials did not do newer strategic plans that needs to increase as ~eir best to gather public that we had completed in the population increases, input other more specific disci- "The plan from 2010 i/i~ u'r ?' o e asking me to plines," Koontz said. needed to keep pace with approve a map that I'm For example, the city's the direction, the vision, just seeing, that's just economic development and the goals that we been completed and plan targeted creating an have for more specifichasn't had the oppor- environment that would plans," Koontz said. tunity to go through bring more employment Essentially, the goals of citizens' discussion as it's evolved," Tenorio said at the May 16 city council meeting. Tenorio also had a concern about residents being unable to access the comprehensive plan on the city's website. It is now located on the web- site's "news and informa- tion" tab. The process of updat- ing the 2010 comprehen- sive plan began August 2015. It was a long process because the city didn't outsource it and every- thing was done in-house, Koontz said. "This is a just update, just a tweak to the overall plan," Koontz said. "We're going to completely rec- reate the document plan for 2020." The midterm update to the comprehensive plan will be officially approved after a final reading at the June 6 city council meeting. Public Notices REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL to reject any and/or all bids were served this citation, the Plaintiff and BRAEDEN ORTIZ RECORDED IN VOLUME and waive all formalities in the same being 19TH DAY OF C/O NEXT OF FRIEND, 17, PAGES 99-101,0F THE Hays CISD is Requesting bid process. 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