The Roeland Park City Council didn't make any decisions about
chicken laws Tuesday night.
City Councilman Robert Myers said Tuesday night’s town
hall lasted more than two hours with “good spirited
The issue now heads to the city’s Administrative
Committee, who is set to review the item at its Dec. 6 meeting.
From there, the committee could recommend the council take
action, which would not take place until early 2011.
If they decide to adopt an ordinance on the issue, an additional
two to six months would be needed for it to take effect.
ORIGINAL POST | 11-08-2010
ROELAND PARK, Kansas - In one Kansas City suburb, they may not
know which came first, the chicken or the egg...but they're trying
to decide whether either belongs in their city.
Roeland Park is a typical landlocked suburb with leafy, tree
And recently it also had chickens. At least in Sheri McNeil's
backyard. A neat coop used to be home to six hens. When McNeil was
forced to give them up, she decided to try and change things.
"I love to live organically and as environmentally sound as I
can and so I wanted the chickens to complete what I could gather in
my backyard with the vegetables I can come out and gather my
vegetables, gather eggs and I have a complete meal right outside my
door," McNeil said.
She wants Roeland Park residents to be able to keep a few hens -
no roosters - for a personal egg supply. She's been making her case
to the City Council.
"I think the absence of chickens in urban areas is kind of a
long settled fact," Scott Gregory, Roeland Park City Councilman
"Up until about 1950 almost everybody had chickens in their
backyard. It was just common," McNeil countered.