Overland Park advances backyard chicken pilot program — Here are the details

Leawood backyard chickens

A second city council committee has recommended an ordinance establishing a two-year pilot program that loosens regulations around having residential chicken keeping. Some residents, mainly in the northern part of the city where lots are generally smaller, have been advocating for allowing backyard chickens where there is less acreage. Photo credit Charles LeBlanc. Used under a Creative Commons license.

A new ordinance that would allow backyard chickens on smaller lots is headed for the Overland Park City Council now that a second council committee recommended it Wednesday night.

The proposal, which revamps how the city handles applications for residential chicken keeping, is the product of months of work and negotiation among councilmembers who have previously tended to deny chicken permits in the northern part of the city, where yards are generally smaller.