Council to Discuss Back Yard Hens
Monday, July 31, 2017 at 4:29PM
Alderman Denise Rodd

The discussion of whether to change the ordinance to allow back yard hens in Des Plaines will take place at the City Council meeting on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.

Experts Ed Fuhrman and Jennifer Murtoff will be at the meeting to provide facts, dispel myths and answer questions.

Mr. Furhman is a Technical Trainer at Great Lakes Naval Air Station and founder of Chicago Land Urban Chicken Keepers - Round Lake Area. He is a long-time area advocate for sustainability and self-sufficiency and has lectured extensively on the topic of back yard hens in urban environments.

Jennifer Murtoff is a consultant for homeowners and organizations interested in setting up and maintaining back yard hens. She has worked with Heartland Housing, the Cook County Sheriff’s Department, Sunrise Lake Outdoor Education Center, and the Oscar Mayer Magnet School. She has taught classes and served as a guest speaker at local conservatories and the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Public comment is encouraged. If there is consensus from Council to allow back yard hens, they will direct staff to draft an ordinance to be presented for a vote at the August 21 Council Meeting.

Update on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 7:52PM by Registered CommenterAlderman Denise Rodd

View the agenda packet for Monday's meeting to read the background material on the issue including the ordinances in place in other municipalities.

Update on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 12:04PM by Registered CommenterAlderman Denise Rodd

Discussion Continues on August 21, 2017. Download the packet item for educational materials and a proposed pilot program.

Update on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 10:13PM by Registered CommenterAlderman Denise Rodd

Council voted tonight (7-1) to deny the ordinance that would have permitted the keeping of back yard hens in Des Plaines. Mine was the sole vote to not deny the ordinance. I will bring this before Council again in 2019 when new Council members will be seated, and if it looks like we may have a favorable outcome. 

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