City Hens in Roeland Park - UPDATE

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We are building a community of people who care where their food comes from, believe in sustainability and choose to take charge of their health.

By taking the lead in creating codes helping Roeland Park citizens to keep backyard hens, we believe our city would be taking another step in promoting the nationwide trend in healthy, sustainable, green living.


City Hens in Roeland Park (KS)
Chickens in the Yard - KANSAS CITY
VIDEO from KC TV 5 - Evening News 11/8/2010

Town Meeting: Straw poll at the meeting- Majority of residents in favor of allowing keeping hens. 4 present intend on getting them. Most arguments could easily be applied to dog owners, backyard sheds, etc.

Teachable moments to work with:
How will it affect property values? Typically cities that allow hens have a higher property value than those without. Followup quantitative info to come. 65% of the metro areas in the US allow backyard hens. Seatlle has just increased the number of hens allowed.

Could hens pose a health threat? The CDC has safe handling guidelines that are common sense things we all do like washing our hands. Most diseases only become a problem when hens are crowded, dirty, with no access to fresh air and less than good diet. A backyard microflock does not have the typical disease condusive environment needed for the diseases to occur and spread.

What if people do not take care of their hens? Good ordinances give good basic animal care guidelines. There is the same chance of negligence with any pet citizens choose to get.


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In the KC Star 11/13/2010:
Mayor Adrienne Foster said the town hall meeting would provide input for the administration committee’s scheduled discussion on Nov. 22. The City Council expects to receive a recommendation at its Dec. 6 meeting.

“No matter whether you’re in favor or opposed to chickens, a lot of work has to happen,” she said.

Foster said in addition to spending $20,000 on attorney fees and other costs to implement a new ordinance, allowing chickens would require additional time from administrative and codes enforcement staff.

“The question is: Do you want our time invested in this or something else, such as other code enforcement issues?” she said. “We have 2,860 houses and one codes enforcement officer, so this is one more issue that would have to be dealt with.”


Fact-checking and announcements made by some of the principals involved have been proved to be inaccurate and questionable, at best. We can hope that Roeland Park as a whole will not be hampered by the privileged few who are counting on the ignorance of many.

The $20,000 estimate quoted (estimated attorney fees and other costs to implement a new ordinance) is incorrect. The actual amount has been recalculated to something closer to $2,000. Please confirm this with Roeland Park City Hall and post a correction, if possible.


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