Palatine Revisits Backyard Chicken Coops
The Village of Palatine will consider granting a special use permit at its meeting tonight for a backyard chicken coop at a residence in the 500 block of Daniels Road.
The Village of Palatine has backyard chicken coops back on the table at its meeting tonight.
This issue was first brought forth in March of this year by Palatine residents Vanessa and Jason Barsanti, who live in a home on a half acre of land at 511 Daniels Road.
Vanessa Barsanti said publically that organically grown food is healthier. Other benefits she cited are natural insect control since hens eat grubs and earwigs.
The couple authored a proposed amendment to Palatine's zoning code that would allow people to "harbor, keep or raise" female chickens, and that hens be kept "within a pen, coop, building or other enclosure sufficient in size and strength to confine such animals to the owner's property."
They even created a Facebook page: "Bring Backyard Hens to Palatine".
But at the August 8 village council meeting, Ann Harrison, who lives in the 300 block of Elm Street near the Barsanti residence, expressed concerns the coops would decrease property values in the area and attract coyotes and other predatory animals.
In September 2010, Evanston approved a measure allowing residents to have two to 6 chickens. However, in February 2012 Arlington Heights voted no on allowing chicken coops.
The issue was tabled at that meeting to give the Barsanti's time to come to an agreemeent with Harrison. The proposal will be reconsidered by the village council tonight at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 200 E. Wood Street.