Proposed urban livestock ordinance in Detroit

- We've seen more and more urban gardens pop up in Detroit in recent years, but what about the neighborhoods that want to raise chickens, goats or even honeybees?

Detroit City Councilman James Tate joined us on Live At Eleven to tell us more about a proposed urban livestock ordinance.

"We started receiving a number of calls, a number of interactions, from individuals who either had them or who are interested in having them, and we're talking about folks who have been in the city for years, but also some folks who are moving in as well. So, it's a mixture," he says. "That's the beauty of the city of detroit. We have 140 square miles and we have just such a diversity within our neighborhoods that we can do a lot of different things."

He added that he believes every neighborhood in Detroit should be able to determine its future.

A lot would go into the ordinance, though, such as making sure the homes for the animals are clean and secure, and that the health of those living in the area isn't affected either.

If you're interested in learning more about the proposed ordinance, there are a couple "listen and learn" sessions coming up. The first is Monday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. at Perfecting Church at 7616 E. Nevada in Detroit. The next is Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. at Greater Grace Temple at 23500 West 7 Mile Road in Detroit. 


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