Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Joe Neal addresses Fayetteville's Environmental Action Committee on feral-cat ordinance

March 2013 meeting of Fayetteville Environmental Action Committee

  • EAC Follow Up - Ferral Cats and Enduring Green Network‏

peter nierengart​en (pnierengarten@ci.fayetteville.ar.us)
4:31 PM
To: Connie Crisp, James Barton
Cc: copecindi@aol.com, rrussell@bof.com, Sarah Marsh, Yolanda Fields, mike.emery@cox.net, treehuggerlane@cox.net, Dana Smith, j.kieklak@gmail.com, jkieklak@gmail.com, loriannesr@gmail.com, sarahelainelewis@gmail.com, aubreyshepherd@hotmail.com, angelaalbright@msn.com, jwalsh@nwaonline.com
Thanks to those who attended last week's EAC meeting.  As a follow up to the ferral cat issues discussed at that meeting, we have asked the City Attorney for his interpretation of the Audubon's proposed amendment to the City's Ferral Cat Ordinance that would require ferral cat colony caretaker to contain the cats.  The City Attorney advised that it would not be practical to add this amendment to the existing ordinance.  The City Attorney, Yolanda Field and I all agree that Audubon's proposed containment amendment would make the existing ordinance more onerous for potential caretakers would likely prevent anyone from adopting an existing colonies.
At last week's meeting EAC members voted to compile a list of questions related to Audobon's proposed amendment and forward those questions to the Animal Service Advisory Committee which meets on Monday, April 8th.  Please forward those questions to me and I will compile and transmit them to Yolanda Fields.  As you compile your questions, I invite you to watch/listen to the October 2nd City Council Meeting from last year when this ordinance was debated: http://accessfayetteville.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=2092&meta_id=49238
In other news I received notice today from the Planning Department about a project located inside the Enduring Green Network that will be heard by City Council next Tuesday night.  The 17 acre site is located near the intersection of Gregg and Van Ashe along Scull/Mud Creeks and is being rezoned from C-1 to P-1 in an effort to build a future charter school (Hass Hall).  According to the Development Services Department, the site was graded and raised above the flood plain several years ago and therefore many of the sensitive features originally associated with the site were removed at that time.  This link contains the planning report associated with the rezoning request: http://accessfayetteville.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=2&event_id=72&meta_id=54020
Peter Nierengarten, PE - LEED AP
Director of Sustainability & Strategic Planning
City of Fayetteville
479-575-8272 Phone
479-521-1316  TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf)

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