This is a relatively simple idea in comparison to some of the more high-flown propositions. It comes about simply becasue I live in the city proper and would like to grow some of my own food, specifically vegetables and chickens for eggs. In researching city ordinances, I found them to be very restrictive.
Currently, in order to have laying hens one has to get permission from 80% of their neighbors within 100 feet. This can be around 20 houses. I would like to see this changed. I believe ANY household should have the right to keep four-six hens per property without any special permit. If a person wishes to keep more than six hens, the above permit would then apply.
Housing them is the other issue. If I am reading things correctly, privacy fencing all around would be necessary in most instances. I believe this should be relaxed. That if the hens are kept further than 20 feet from the nearest house, this should be sufficient. The requirements to keep the housing in good repair should be adhered to stringently, as this will keep our city looking nice.
The overall idea would be to make it easy for any household to provide itself with a source of sustainable protein. Chicken can also eat kitchen scraps and keep that fro being "waste".
Composting. I could not find specific information on this for individual houses, only for community gardens. Ordinances should be clarified to specify composting is allowed per property.
Vegetable gardens. Currently the ordinance read that properties must have an "erosion-proof" surface. While I do not dispute the sense of this, we do not need our neighborhoods going down the drain, it does present problems in gardening. If I wish to turn my front yard -- currently an un-utilized area -- into a vegetable garden, one could argue that the garden plots are not "erosion-proof" as they have exposed dirt. I would very much like to see a backyard, or front yard garden "movement". Using these spaces would enable persons who so desired to supplement their diet.
I understand we currently have community gardens but it is simply not the same thins. One's yard is space already owned by them and could be utilized for food production.