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."

There appeared to momentum on the possibility July 24 when the Palatine Zoning Board unanimously recommended approval. The Barsanti's also had gotten informal blessings from neighbors.

They even created a Facebook page: "Bring Backyard Hens to Palatine".


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. 

Kirstin Larson November 13, 2012 at 07:13 PM
For goodness sake, I don't understand what all the fuss is about? Hundreds of communities just like ours, all around the nation, are allowing people to do this very thing. Chickens don't bring property values down; what brings property values down are owners who don't properly maintain their properties. When people can already have rabbits, pigs, mice, rats, birds,cats and dogs for pets, why is there such a big problem with adding chickens? I'd far rather have a neighbor with some nice hens in their yard than with a passel of noisy, barking dogs!
Haiku November 13, 2012 at 08:50 PM
They are only birds why get so upset over such a little thing
Lisa Williams November 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I would love to have a few chickens! I have friends with backyard hens in Chicago and also in other states; and when they are well cared for, chickens are less troublesome than dogs. Less noise, less poop. Sadly, I think that most people are very under-informed about the backyard hen movement, including the incorrect belief that simply allowing chickens has any impact on property values. (You can confirm with Evanston on that one.) And as for attracting pests: My friends with hens say that "pests" are more attracted to garbage than chickens -- garbage is much easier to get to and eat than chickens or their eggs inside a coop. Finally, I'm not sure why anyone thinks that chickens are more "disgusting" than dogs-- those people are obviously thinking of commercial farms, not backyard coops.
Jim November 14, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Hasn't this been discussed to death by now? Some people cant take No for answer. There is a reason the zoning regulations were made not to allow chickens. Time to drop this waste of time and move on. Find some other pet to raise that fits into the neighborhood you bought into.
Tiffany Wiegartz November 20, 2012 at 12:57 AM
The funny thing is hens make less noise then most peoples dogs, and smell far less worse when raising a backyard flock then most peoples own dogs manure. There is a lot of useful information you can find on the internet about backyard flocks to back up any concerns and to support your case. We had a similiar situation where we live we fought and now have our 7 girls living in our backyard free range. They create no problems in fact all of my neighbors love them and support us. Sorry you had to run into one bad egg (no pun intended) My girls eat bugs and help cut down on mosquitos. They are friendly and are just like dogs. Very easy to take care of and create no problems for my neighbors. I would encourage everyone to become more educated on the subject. If you need any help get a hold of me on facebook chickens for kirkland!!!


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