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Downers Grove to Discuss Allowing Backyard Hens

Whether backyard hens should be allowed in Downers Grove was expected to be discussed during a Tuesday night village council meeting. 

The Village Council met in a workshop meeting on Jan. 14. to discuss potential amendments to its municipal code that would allow more residents to keep chickens on their property than what is currently allowed in the code. 

During the Jan. 14. meeting, the council provided the following direction: 
  • Regulations should be amended to be more permissive
  • Owners/occupants of all or most single family detached houses should be eligible to keep hens
  • Only hens will be permitted — all other fowl should be prohibited
Village staff is now looking to the council for direction on whether an ordinance should be drafted that allows "neighbor consent or neighbor notification," according to a village of Downers Grove memo/report. The issue will be discussed at the March 18 village council meeting. 

Under the neighbor notification option, residents wishing to keep chickens would be required to notify neighboring properties prior to receiving a building permit, according to village documents. 

Under the neighbor consent option, residents wishing to keep chickens would be required to seek and obtain the consent of their neighbors prior to receiving a permit to keep chickens. 

Based on the village council's direction, Downers Grove staff will prepare an ordinance reflecting either the neighbor consent model or the neighbor notification model. The ordinance will be placed on a future first reading on the village council agenda, according to the Downers Grove staff memo/report

Read the full memo/report prepared by Downers Grove staff on the backyard hens issue here

DHD March 18, 2014 at 05:44 PM
This is ridiculous, most neighbors can't pick up after their dog, let alone keep a chicken coop clean. Rodents LOVE spilled chicken feed.
Mike Fergus March 19, 2014 at 11:18 AM
My sister and niece over on Washington have some experience with this and are looking forward to a nice little egg business!
BBS11 March 27, 2014 at 10:02 PM
I think council has spent too much time cooped up in village hall chambers.

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