City Council approves ordinance allowing backyard chickens in Plano

chickens
The ordinance states residents must be approved for a permit with the Animal Services Department before owning chickens. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The ordinance states residents must be approved for a permit with the Animal Services Department before owning chickens. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Plano residents can now raise chickens in their own backyards after the approval of a new city ordinance during the Sept. 27 council meeting.

Council members voted 7-1 in favor of allowing backyard hens.

Jamey Cantrell, director of Animal Services, said the ordinance had full support of the Animal Shelter Advisory Committee after meeting with various city departments and local residents.

“We came to a compromise that I felt was a pretty good place for us to move forward with,” Cantrell said.

Nearby cities such as Dallas, Richardson and Frisco already allow backyard hens.


The ordinance states residents must be approved for a permit with the Animal Services Department before owning chickens. To get approved, an applicant must show proof of adequate chicken housing, have written authorization from the property owner, complete an educational course on backyard hen care and possibly comply with a home inspection.

The limit of 10 animals to a residence is still in effect, Cantrell said.

“If you have five dogs, you can't have more than five chickens,” he said.

The ordinance states roosters and other birds, such as peacocks and ducks, would still be prohibited within the city’s residential zones. Homeowners associations would still be allowed to forbid chickens in the neighborhoods they regulate, Cantrell said

Several residents attended the meeting to advocate in favor of allowing backyard chickens in Plano.

“Raising hens is no more foul than other animals,” said resident Amanda Massengale, in a pun-filled address to council. “Citizens should be allowed to make that choice with their families. Plano hens will be living in impeccable conditions.”

Council members praised Cantrell and his staff for their work on the ordinance that dates back to June 2020 when Cantrell presented an informational report on the potential impact backyard chickens could have on Animal Services operations.

Council Member Rick Grady voted as the sole opposition to the ordinance. He said the ordinance had been written well but having grown up around chickens on a farm, he could not support the proposed change.

“We talk about it as being a property right for 200 homeowners who would like chickens in their backyard, and forget all about 73,800 other homeowners that may not want to have chickens,” he said. “It is a waste of taxpayer money that we are doing on this. I know I am in the absolute minority here and I will lose all the poultry political votes on this issue.”

Council also passed a zoning change 7-1 in support of the new regulation.

The approved changes to the Animal Services ordinance can be seen here.
By Erick Pirayesh
Erick Pirayesh joined Community Impact Newspaper in May 2021. He is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado Journalism and Media Studies program. He previously served as editor-in-chief of The Channels student newspaper in Santa Barbara, California.


MOST RECENT

vaccine in arm
Denton County Public Health now scheduling booster shots for Moderna vaccine

The move comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, and the Texas Department of State Health Services all authorized the booster shot for those who meet certain criteria and who originally received the Moderna vaccine.

The company offered a variety of Hawaiian-style poke bowls. (Courtesy Go Fish Poke)
Go Fish Poke closes in Plano

The Dallas location at 6030 Luther Lane remains open.

The first-ever Williamson County Fair and Rodeo opens its gates to guests Oct. 21 with live music, carnival rides, food vendors, rodeo events and more. (Courtesy Pexels)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Inaugural Williamson County Fair and Rodeo underway; delivery drones coming to Friso and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 22.

Drone-based delivery company Wing, a subsidiary of Alphabet, announced on Oct. 20 a partnership with Walgreens to bring the unconventional delivery model to densely populated metropolitan areas in the country. (Courtesy Wing)
Plano ISD is considering two draft calendars for 2022-23 school year; delivery drones will soon be flying around Frisco and more top DFW-area news

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Taco Palenque is now open as drive-thru only in Round Rock. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Taco Palenque opens in Round Rock; Plano ISD considering two draft calendars for 2022-23 school year and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 21.

Popular menu items include lamb chops, fried seafood, fried chicken and pasta. (Courtesy The Bells Sweet Factory)
The Bells Sweet Factory planning to hold grand opening in Plano

The event will serve walk-in customers only, but regular reservations will be accepted starting Oct. 24, according to a company announcement.

People.
Plano ISD to host informational webinar for specialized district academy programs

Students that will be in ninth or 11th grades in the 2022-23 school year, along with their families, can find out more information about Academy High School, Health Sciences Academy, IB World College and PISD Industries Academy at the Collin College Technical Campus on Oct. 28.

Health Services of North Texas provides quality medical care services for newborns to seniors.   (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Health Services of North Texas opens Plano location with expanded services

The practice provides medical care services for newborns to seniors.

The gym offers classes focused on grappling, self-defense, fitness, discipline and confidence-building. (Courtesy Underground Jiu Jitsu)
Underground Jiu Jitsu now offering classes for adults, children in Plano

The gym offers classes focused on grappling, self-defense, fitness, discipline and confidence-building.

Here is the latest data regarding COVID-19 in Plano. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Tracking COVID-19: North Texas drops back below 10% of patients in hospital beds

Prior to this week, July 31 was the last time less than 10% of the hospital beds in Trauma Service Area E, which consists of 19 counties in North Texas, including Collin and Denton counties, were occupied by confirmed COVID-19 patients.

The restaurant specializes in made-fresh Philly cheesesteaks, loaded gourmet fries and all-natural lemonades. (Courtesy Charleys Philly Steaks)
Charleys Philly Steaks coming soon to Plano

The restaurant specializes in made-fresh Philly cheesesteaks, loaded gourmet fries and all-natural lemonades.