Homewood allows hens at homes
Homewood trustees have approved an amended ordinance to allow chickens on residential property in the village.
In a 4-0 vote Tuesday night, three trustees and Mayor Rich Hofeld voted in favor of letting residents to raise a maximum of six hens in restricted backyard settings.
The ordinance requires licensing and inspection of a henhouse, at least 30 feet between it and any buildings on a neighbor’s property and a fence around the coop that’s anchored at least a foot underground to deter predators, among other restrictions.
Several residents attended the meeting to oppose allowing chickens in residential areas, citing odors, predators and other concerns.
Trustee Jay Heiferman said all the concerns were addressed in the ordinance, which was based on research of the strengths and weaknesses of similar laws in other suburbs. Heiferman said Homewood’s ordinance will be used as a model by other towns.
Heiferman, Hofeld and trustees Barbara Dawkins and Anne Colton voted for the revised ordinance. Trustees Tom Kataras and Ray Robertson were absent and Trustee Lisa Purcell left the meeting earlier due to illness.
Several members of the “Hens for Homewood” movement, who campaigned for the change, attended the meeting.