Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Item of Special Interest - Backyard Chickens, Glendale, AZ - August 4, 2015

On the August 4, 2015 city of Glendale, AZ Council Workshop, Barrel district council member Bart Turner made backyard chickens an item of special interest.

At about 31 minutes in to the below video he is making this request:


Below is the link to the meeting minutes from August 4th of him asking to make this an item of special interest:

August 4, 2015 Council Workshop Minutes

Council member Turner asked that staff provide a report about owning chickens in the city,
including zoning and any negatives regarding this idea.

On July 23, 2015 I spoke to council and requested that they look into allowing backyard chickens in Glendale for all residents.  Below is the link to the meeting minutes of the request.

June 23, 2015 Council Meeting Minutes

Shelly Honn, a Barrel resident, said she was here to discuss backyard chickens and
wanted the city to allow, in areas that were not restricted by HOA bylaws, residents to
have a limited number of hens per household with no roosters. She spoke about the fees
residents have to pay to allow that type of zoning, with no guarantee that the zoning would
change. She said she resides in a non-HOA development and her residence is not
zoned for chickens. She said they have had chickens for over two years and have not
had any issues until recently. She spoke about the ordinances she found while doing
research about this issue. She mentioned several cities that do allow chickens. She
also discussed the benefits of having chickens and said more people desire to have
chickens at their homes. She said the city should encourage farming on a micro scale
and said people who are interested in raising chickens already have them. She said she
would like to live as sustainable as possible.

Below is the link to the video of me requesting this, I start at about 8 minutes in:

It's another step in the right direction but without more individuals who reside in Glendale also contacting their council members and letting them know that they also wish to have chickens Planning and Zoning will probably recommend that council not approve this requested change in zoning.

This issue comes up about every 18 months within the city of Glendale and it is continually shot down almost immediately by Planning and Zoning.We were told by them that they would not recommend that backyard chickens be allowed back in June when we were coded for having chickens.  The Planning and Zoning department is not sympathetic at all to this cause.

For some reason they have something against chickens, but they have no problem with them running free at Sahuaro Ranch park which is city owned.

City of Glendale council member contact info:

Councilmember Bart Turner (Barrel District)
City Council Office: 623-930-2249
Email: bturner@glendaleaz.com

Vice Mayor Ian Hugh (Cactus District)
City Council Office: 623-930-2249
Cell: 602-615-7672
E-mail: ihugh@glendaleaz.com

Councilmember Lauren Tolmachoff (Cholla District)
City Council Office: 623-930-2249
Email: ltolmachoff@glendaleaz.com

Councilmember Jamie Aldama (Ocotillo District)
City Council Office: 623-930-2249
Email: jaldama@glendaleaz.com

Councilmember Ray Malnar (Sahuaro District)
City Council Office: 623-930- 2245
Email: rmalnar@glendaleaz.com

Councilmember Samuel Chavira (Yucca District)
City Council Office: 623-930-2249
Email: schavira@glendaleaz.com

Mayor Jerry Weiers
City Office: (623) 930-2260
City Fax: (623) 937-2764
E-mail: mayorweiers@glendaleaz.com

 Council District Boundaries


  1. We cancelled purchasing a home in Glendale when we learned that we could not have backyard chickens. We have five Serama hens (smallest chicken in world) that make great pets.

  2. When we moved to Glendale chickens never entered our minds. We then decided to get them and had them for 2 years and our neighbor turned us in, so we are in the process of getting the ordinance changed now. Our council member is sympathetic as he himself wanted to have chickens so he made it an item of special interest. So far it is looking positive, we won't find anything out until the January 19, 2016 workshop. I'll be posting updates as I have them. - Thanks


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