Urban farm advocates thought they had their chickens in a row when it came to Austin's revamped urban farm policy.
"It's been through Planning and Commission, it's gone through other commissions and today was supposed to be the vote and City Council has postponed it," Sandra Ramos with East Side Pies said.
East Austin neighborhood groups are strongly opposed to the revised rules, and requested the delay.
"To us, this is a zoning case. It's not about urban farms, it's about zoning," Susana Almanza with PODER said. "They have declared themselves as a commercial business, so they should be in commercial zoning and not in single family land."
For now, urban farmers like Paula Foore are left hanging.
"They do want to allow urban farms in single family, but we want to define what is allowed and what is not," she said.
Opponents say too many questions are still unanswered.
"One of the major issues that is hitting the creeks in Austin is dog poop and now we're going to be looking at chicken poop,” Almanza said. “What about the runoff? What about the health and safety?"
Urban farmers say they want to find a compromise.
"We know that it's not going to be a Tyson's processing plant, but where is that line that is a happy medium between the neighbors and the farmers," Ramos said.
Opponents believe they are protecting their neighborhoods.
"Not against the farms, only the commercialization of single family use," Almanza said.
Austin City Council is now scheduled to take up the urban farm issue in their Nov. 21 meeting.
For now, farmers are just trying to stay in business.
"Still, we'd like to see it resolved in the next couple of weeks,” Foore said. “We need to get back to what we do."