Brier, a community built upon a rural agricultural history, may lose a bit of its rural nature this week as the Brier City Council considers changes to its current animal allowances.
The council is scheduled to consider a resolution at its Tuesday, April 26 meeting that primarily eliminates duplicate city codes concerning animal control, but would also change the number of dogs and cats a household could keep without a kennel license and disallow any ownership of roosters within the city limits.
The city’s Planning Commission gave its final support to the changes on April 20, recommending that the City Council approve the resolution on Tuesday.
The city has been considering updating its animal ordinance for years. A number of public hearings have been held during the time, giving residents an opportunity to voice their concerns. In April 2011, residents testified both for and against any changes; no one attended last week’s Planning Commission public hearing to testify.
City officials note that the ordinance is necessary to address redundancies in city code, but also to make a couple of notable changes. “The major change is suggesting to eliminate the keeping of roosters, as other cities have done,” said Brier Mayor Bob Colinas. “Crowing roosters has been an issue in the last few years.”
The proposed ordinance, Title 6 Section 20.090, would make it “unlawful for any person to harbor a rooster in the city.”
The proposal also clarifies the number of cats and dogs a household may own without having to purchase a kennel license. Current Brier code states no more than “three cats or three dogs or three of each” are allowed; the new regulation would allow no more than three cats or three dogs, or any combination of up to five.
Pet owners wishing to own a number of cats and/or dogs over the limitations may still do so with a city conditional use permit and the purchase of an annual kennel license.
City officials stress that there are no changes being considered to current city code that addresses the ownership and care of horses, livestock, fowl, small and exotic animals.
“We wanted to (consider) regulations that continue to support Brier as an agricultural community,” said Brier City Planner Nicole Gaudette.
The Brier City Council meets on Tuesday at Brier City Hall at 7 p.m.
— Story and photo by Doug Petrowski