What's New ? - 2021

What's New ? - 2021

Will we see chickens in the backyards of houses in Geneva?

30 January, 2021

Geneva aldermen are open to at least discussing whether residents should be allowed to raise chickens in their backyards. They voted 10-0 to direct the city planner to write a proposed ordinance. Several made it clear, however, this doesn't mean they have been convinced it is a good idea. Alderman Jeanne McGowan is behind the proposal, saying residents have asked her to pursue the idea. She said her research has shown it can be a good activity for children, and that nearby towns that permit chickens have had few complaints about them.
Geneva last discussed backyard chickens in 2012. In a straw poll at the time, the council split 5-5. 
The proposed ordinance will be brought to a committee-of-the-whole meeting at an unspecified date.