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Backyard Chickens Back on the Board Agenda

Also at this week's meeting, a public hearing on Homewood's budget, and more work on the design for the new downtown plaza project.

Many folks want chickens in Homewood, and the Board of Trustees will take another peck at the issue at Tuesday's meeting.

Trustees will decide whether to move forward with drafting an ordinance allowing for and regulating the housing of poultry on residential property. 

One Homewood resident in January spoke up, in favor of the chickens. 

“With the growing trend for people to get back to growing their own food and being more conscious of where their food is coming from, I've talked to quite a few residents who want to have chickens,” she said. “I even know people who moved out of Homewood so they could have the freedom to have their own plot of land with some chickens.”

Mayor Richard Hofeld has previously expressed opposition to the idea. According to him, chickens aren’t suited for Homewood's semi-urban setting.

“Chickens smell,” Hofeld previously said in a Patch video. “They really and truly do.”

But the chickens' anonymous advocate said the benefits are clear: effective in pest control, great for the ground—and fresh eggs are great.

The board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, at 2020 Chestnut Rd.

Also on the agenda: 

  • Public Hearing on the Village Budget, 7:30 p.m.: Finance Director Bubenik will present information on the Village of Homewood 2014-15 budget.
  • Plaza Project Progress: Trustees will vote on moving forward with a working partnership with the Lakota Group, to continue on phases 3 through 5 of the downtown plaza project, for a fee of $99,653. 
Ernie Souchak April 07, 2014 at 07:22 AM
“I even know people who moved out of Homewood so they could have the freedom to have their own plot of land with some chickens.” Now there is the answer! If you want farm animals, go live on a farm.
Lee Gaus April 07, 2014 at 07:58 AM
NO matter where one moves 20% of the population are whack jobs and Homewood is no different.
SHUSSBAR April 07, 2014 at 09:27 AM
Really Hofeld? “Chickens smell,” Hofeld previously said in a Patch video. “They really and truly do.” Let s ban cars, they smell. CN diesel trains smell, ban them. Garbage trucks smell, ban them, fertilizing lawn smell This is a ridiculous excuse. Sure it needs to be regulated somewhat (# of chicken/ft2, # of chicken total, etc etc). This said, there are more important things : Speeders on 183rd, cars, semi-trucks and school buses loaded with YOUR kids are speeding on 183rd everyday. I never saw police stopping a semi-truck or a school bus, i wonder why?
Hernendo RevolveR April 07, 2014 at 03:23 PM
How about cows? I want to raise cows on my property. Nothing like fresh milk!
Vernon Cherrywood April 13, 2014 at 12:37 PM
Chickens are very "trendy" to own and it sounds so quaint and charming to have fresh eggs and a little coop. Well, it's NOT. I have chickens next door to me in a tight-knit Denver neighborhood and they are VERY loud (They are chickens, not roosters) and unless the coop and yard is kept IMPECCABLY clean, they DO stink and are insanely unsanitary. You think a barking dog in the neighborhood is annoying? Wait until you unleash these upon yourselves. Careful what you wish for. If you want a farm, then move out of Homewood. It doesn't belong.

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