Overland Park approves pilot program making it easier for residents to keep backyard chickens

The Overland Park City Council on Monday gave the final okay to a two-year pilot program that streamlines a process for residents to apply to keep chickens. The ordinance still requires residents live on at least a quarter acre in order to keep chickens. Image used under a Creative Commons license.

Backyard chickens finally can become a reality for Overland Park homeowners, as long as their properties are at least a quarter acre.

In the culmination of months of fine-tuning, councilmembers gave the final okay Monday to a two-year pilot program that will do away with a time-consuming process residents have for years undergone in order to keep chickens on their property.