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– Other ordinance changes to be disussed 3/11 and 3/12

Posted by cjkrebs on March 10, 2014

Information on the public session to discuss changes to the Animal Code… see message below.

Major changes to the chicken ordinance are not expected, as consensus on a city level could not be found. However, all interested parties have been invited to attend to discuss the changes that have been proposed.

Public Session – Tuesday, March 11

Council Vote – Wednesday, March 12.

We encourage those who have a stake in the issues addressed make their voices heard by following the instructions in the message below!

– Hens for Houston –

————————– From the City —————————

Thank you all so much for your valuable and continued input throughout the long stakeholder process. I truly understand how difficult it can be for you to take time out of your busy schedules to attend stakeholder meetings, committee meetings, and to keep in communication with us. For this I am very grateful.

I can honestly say that the final proposed changes to Chapter 6 are significantly better due in large part to the amount of stakeholder feedback we have received. ARA is now able to present changes to Council for approval that will go a long way towards addressing the myriad of animal-related issues facing the City of Houston in a targeted, appropriate, and effective way.

We are attempting to load our recommendations on the Council Agenda for next Wednesday, March 12th. Although stakeholders are encouraged to attend to watch the City Council vote, there will not be time for citizens to voice their opinions on that date. However, if you believe that our recommendations have merit and that our engagement process has been considerate and productive, please consider sharing your thoughts with City Council by either emailing or writing to them, or by attending Public Session next Tuesday, March 11th , at 2:00 pm. Any written correspondence needs to occur between now and Tuesday.

Here is the link to the City’s Council contact information web page:


That page also includes instructions on how to attend Council Public Session as a speaker. If you sign in to speak, please mention that you wish to speak on Agenda Item 10-1.

I urge that a strong and wide communication on behalf of our (this is definitely not only BARC’s work) recommendations will ensure that the correct outcome is realized. While template emails are commonly employed, I believe that our Council Members appreciate concise, authentic messages more than receipt of voluminous and identical emails. However, I defer to your preferred communication method.

We are sending this email to everyone who has either provided an email address to us at stakeholder meetings or otherwise emailed us. We do not expect that this email will go to everyone that supports our collective work. Please feel free to forward this along to whomever you feel appropriate.

Although the proposed changes will greatly empower BARC to positively affect animal control outcomes in the City, more resources are also needed if BARC is to be able to respond to all the requests we receive. We have already constructed a detailed financial model that explicitly defines what resources are needed to improve BARC’s performance at different levels. While this is a separate issue, it still affects BARC’s performance as much as these ordinance changes will. If you are interested in more information on this topic, you can view the attached presentation which was presented to Council last week. The financial model itself will be posted to our website (http://www.houstontx.gov/barc/cac_municipal_code_overview.php). Channel 11 and the Houston Chronicle have also written about this issue:




Chris Newport

Chief of Staff

Administration & Regulatory Affairs Department

611 Walker, 13th Floor

Houston, Texas 77002

832-393-8503 (o), 713-818-8859 (c),

832-395-9505 (f)


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