Posted: Jan 23, 2013 3:44 AM GSTUpdated: Jan 23, 2013 7:19 AM GST
By Kaliah Henton-Jones
COBB COUNTY, GA (CBS ATLANTA) -
People in Cobb County voiced their opinions Tuesday night on a proposal to allow chickens in backyards.
For nearly two years, one Marietta man fought county leaders for his right to keep chickens in his backyard.
He lost and had to relocate all of his foul and their hen house, but the commission might be changing their mind on the backyard bird ban.
The county wants people to pay a $1,000 fee for a special land use permit, if they want chickens on their property.
Some residents like Mahmoud Khatib find the idea ridiculous. Khatib said, "I can go out to Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna and buy myself an AK-47 in 15 minutes with a simple background check, but lo and behold, if I wanted to buy a chicken suddenly, this is going to require a survey of the entire neighborhood."
Others at the meeting want existing regulations to stay in place banning chickens.
Tuesday night's public hearing was the first of two on the issue.