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Chicken Ordinance Takes First Step

Village Board considers year-long pilot program allowing five citizens to keep chickens in their yard. Proposed day care center runs into citizen opposition.

A pilot program permitting residents to keep chickens in a coop in their yard passed its first step to becoming law during Monday’ regularly scheduled meeting of the Deerfield Village Board of Trustees.

The year-long test program provides for five licenses for up to four egg laying hens kept in approved coops in the residents’ back yards. No roosters will be allowed and neighbors will be given notice before the permit issued. License holders will also have to register with the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

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“Two people are here who have expressed an interest in a license,” Village Manager Kent Street said. “A third person has called and expressed interest. Code enforcement will do building permits inspections.”

Though a number of trustees expressed support, not all were in agreement. “Would I want a chicken coop next door and the answer is no,” Trustee William Seiden said.

Trustee Barbara Struthers has no problem with the proposal. “I grew up with chickens in my yard and this is fine,” she said.

Citizens Voice Opposition to New Child Care Center

The Board also approved a report presented by Bright Horizons Childcare Center to establish a day care operation at 1650 Lake Cook Road providing care for 162 youngsters despite objections from a number of existing day care facilities.

The primary purpose of the new center will be handling the overflow from a facility Bright Horizons already runs on the Walgreens corporate campus on Wilmot Road as well as people who work in the 1650 building.

“Walgreens has a facility on site we operate and it has 100 on its waiting list,” Bright Horizons Vice President, Regional Development Deborah Brown said. “Walgreens has committed to 40 coming over. Twenty will come from the building.”

A number of residents who spoke at the meeting had no objection to allowing an expansion of child care for Walgreens employees but consider opening the facility to the general public contrary to Deerfield’s public interest.

“There is a great deal of availability (of existing child care) in Deerfield,” Deerfield Montessori School Director Lisa Kambich said. “The need simply isn’t there. It is not in the public interest.”

Deerfield Village Attorney Peter Colbentz gave everyone in the room a definition of the public interest after citizens voicing opposition spoke. “The public interest is the ultimate discretion of the legislative authority,” he said referring to the Board.

Patch will have detailed stories about both Bright Horizons and the proposed chicken ordinance later this week.

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Walter White February 05, 2013 at 12:53 PM
HA. Lisa Kambich is one of the greediest business owners I've met in a long time. Make no mistake, it's all about the competition to her. Public interest has nothing to do with it. More choices and options is always a good thing for the consumer. The Kambich's have more money than they know what to do with so they need to stop trying to block new businesses in Deerfield.
Silvio Dante February 05, 2013 at 02:47 PM
The keeping of chickens is a right provided in the Constitution? What amendment is that? I do not remember the section on barnyard animals in the Constitution. If so, does that mean I can raise goats in my backyard? I would assume all barnyard animals are covered by the document according to your statement. I guess local laws and ordinances do not matter in the case of chicken raising.
Mary J February 06, 2013 at 03:28 AM
Very strange, our experience is completely the opposite. Shortly after our daughter was born my husband's job was downsized leaving us with a lot less income. The montessori school helped us out with financial aid and it got us through until my husband found a new job, We're grateful for the help the gave us and I know they have helped others too.
mom of three February 23, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Greedy? Hardly! That school is always helping others. We got a tuition break when things were tight for us. I have volunteered over the last 3 years with them to collect food for the pantry and coats for needy children in Chicago. That's not greed.
Wyatt Gardner March 19, 2013 at 08:46 PM
I'm gonna take advantage of this chicken ordinance and raise chukar partridge

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