What's all the CHIRP'in about? Backyard Hens in Roeland Park!
18 months after a citizen had her backyard flock banished from her residence, the first official Backyard Chicken-Keeping Special Permit was issued in Roeland Park, KS. For the last eleven months a group of dedicated citizens have attended countless City Council and City Admin meetings to support the draft and eventual approval of the special permit process for keeping backyard hens.
Since the Council approved the addition of the special permit in February, several citizens have started the permit process. The $100.00 permit comes with strict guidelines for setbacks, coop design and chicken run size limits. Residents are only allowed to keep up to 6 hens and are required to have predator proof coops and feed storage. Manure is to be composted according to city composting ordinances.
CHIRP is already planning a coop tour in the fall of 2011 and will be sponsoring an information forum to address any questions residents have regarding keeping a micro-flock of hens for eggs and fun. On June 23, CHIRP is conducting a hen-keeping class at the Roeland Park Community Center as part of the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture Farm Tour-Get Your Grow On. Look for CHIRP to support Johnson County K-State Extension 4-H programming for the youth in our community.
If you have any questions or want to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And a big THANK YOU to all our supporters! We could not have done this without YOU!