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Backyard Hens Proposal Back in Palatine

The Zoning Board of Appeals will consider another appeal from a different resident who wants to house hens for eggs in the village. Members from 11 different households have voiced their opposition.

The propsition for backyard hens in Palatine is coming back before the village of Palatine this week.

Thirty-three year Palatine resident Steven Brosio will attend a public hearing held by the Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday, in hopes of ultimately being allowed an Accessory Unique Use to permit a chicken coop on his property at 624 Hill Road. 

The proposal must first go before the zoning board before being considered by the Palatine village council

In August of 2012, Brosio was approached by the village after a complaint regarding hens in his backyard

In a September 2012 letter to Village Manager Reid Ottesen, Brosio stated he had been raising chickens in his backyard for approximately ten years, but did not do so from 2010 until the Spring of 2012 due to his work interfering with properly caring for the chickens.

Prior to 2005, Brosio's property was in unincorporated Palatine, and chickens are permitted by Cook County.

But when his property was annexed into Palatine due to a neighbor needing an easement, the raising of chickens was in violation of village code, which he said he was unaware of. 

"It’s a hobby, I’m in the process now of seeing if I can keep my chickens," Brosio said. "It is something I really like doing, I don't see anything wrong with having them; my coop is close to 200 feet away from any homes, I'm not intruding on anyone." 

In addition to housing chickens, Brosio says he has a large garden on his close to two-acre property. 

"We eat and can our own vegetables, myself and my wife are trying to provide as healthy of a diet as possible for ourselves and our three children," Brosio said. 

Brosio said the eggs from hens are better, and healthier than anyone can buy in a supermarket.

"You can see and taste the difference. Eggs from backyard hens have been tested, and they are actually better for you than any store bought eggs," Brosio said. 

Meanwhile, 19 people from 11 households living nearby to Brosio have signed a neighbor's petition for denial, and have presented it to the Zoning Board to consider at the public hearing. 

At the hearing, Brosio said he simply hopes he will be given a chance to address the concerns of his neighbors.

"My expectations are different today than they were a week ago. I want to go in there, I will answer questions. I want time to talk to my neighbors," Brosio said.

"I am happy to answer any questions that people have. But maybe by being open to talking to me, people will realize it’s not a bad thing," Brosio said.

After close to a year of working toward approval, in November 2012, resident Vanessa Barsanti came before the village council to be allowed to have backyard hens on her property. After one resident refused to meet or speak with Barsanti about her concerns, the Palatine Village Council voted against her request due to the objection. 

Backyard hens are currently allowed in Evanston, Chicago, Naperville and Warrenville. 

The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet Tuesday, January 8 at the Community Center, 200 E. Wood Street at 7 p.m.  

Vanessa January 08, 2013 at 02:24 AM
Beyond the fact that I think the "if you don't like it, get out" attitude stifles progression, it isn't actually that easy to simply pick up and move. Especially when you own a home. Not to mention many other considerations like proximity to work/proximity to train, kids in school, etc. Separately, experts agree that chickens will not "bring more coyotes" into the suburbs. Coyote packs maintain territories and other packs typically will not cross territorial lines, lest face a fight for ground. Thus, no influx would occur. If you'd like to learn more about this come to the Zoning Board hearing where a video will be played of one of these experts.
Betty Flamm January 08, 2013 at 03:53 AM
You must be a newer resident of Palatine. When we moved here this was open farmland. And the farms I was exposed to as a kid had dogs and cats as barnyard animals. By your logic those should not be allowed in a Palatine backyards either.
Chicago Food Guy January 08, 2013 at 05:29 AM
I don't see anywhere that suggests chicken haters to move out of Palatine. The only backwards logic here is the ban on backyard chickens. If we ban chickens, dogs and cats need to go next. I am tired of picking up dog crap in my front yard which is way more of a health risk to my daughter than someones fenced in chicken. Also, maybe Palatine can have a patrol officer parked at Dirty Nellie's every night and keep the drunks from throwing trash in my yard and keep the noise down. That's more of a nuisance than a few chickens clucking in someone's back yard. I can think of a hundred more things more important than this issue, albeit too much government control in this case. If someone wants to provide their family with healthy food...so be it. All the power to them. If a neighbor has to stick their stuck up nose in other people's business...perhaps they should move out of Palatine. I wouldn't want you as a neighbor anyway.
edmund January 08, 2013 at 04:38 PM
To Ron L. Maybe you are misinformed. The "clucking" of which you speak is nothing compared with a dog barking or the roars from the "glorious" Harleys which are so revered in our pathetic society. Dogs and cats create more of a draw for the "fearsome" critters and smells of which you speak. In one sentence you say it is not about this, then in the next breath you choose exactly the parts of the environment of which you specifically care about. How convenient. Anyone with a brain recognizes Professionalized hypocrisy. We do not need to limit our conversation topics for your convenience!
edmund January 08, 2013 at 04:50 PM
These suburbs and all their rampant fear of chickens is all just so pitiful. Just take a look at the Real problems of which we do Nothing about. Within a block of my house a person was almost killed by a dog. Yearly, in Palatine, there are dog attacks on toddlers which result in surgeries. Are chickens responsible for our horrific traffic accidents or drug overdose deaths? Grow up Palatine! Here we have a resident who wants real, healthy food, but no, the all important village gov must step in and limit their inherent property rights. Sounds more like communism/gov. oppression to me.

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