I am asking this based on a state or local level, i.e. zoning and health. I assume that in Oregon, which is where I live, and Hillsboro, the city of which I reside to be specific, is primarily democratically managed. They have city council meetings and mayoral elections which constituents can vote and appoint biennially.
Today, I called my city's planning department to ask about keeping chickens, and I was not satisfied with their restrictions. (They will only allow up to three chickens, no roosters, per 7,000 sq ft of property space) According to the city's web site the bylaws were last updated in December 2010, so almost ten years ago.
So How do I register an agenda at their next board meeting, and how can I present evidence to support my case?