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Llanes, Almanza: Commercial farms don’t belong in established neighborhoods

By Daniel Llanes,Susana Almanza

Proposed changes in the city zoning ordinance would allow the slaughter of chickens, rabbits and other animals in all residential neighborhoods. So, it is logical to ask “Would an attempt to transform single-family homes into farms with the slaughtering of animals in neighborhoods such as Tarrytown or Pemberton Heights bring on a court action?”

As adopted by the Planning Commission, the proposed Urban Farm Ordinance would allow the commercialization of single-family zoned land. In essence, the ordinance would blanket zone all single family property in East Austin, and the rest of the city, for commercial use. That change would transform single-family property’s use to Commercial Service Mix Use zoning Even though is would be a citywide ordinance, it would most adversely impact East Austin, where the urban farms seeking the change are now located.

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Llanes and Almanza are residents of East Austin. Almanza is co-director of PODER, People Organized in Defense of hte Earth and and her Resources

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