Bees and chickens could soon become legal (although bees are not currently prohibited) for Mission residents to keep in their backyards if an ordinance presented to the city council last week is passed this summer.
The sample ordinance followed council discussions this year that were prompted by resident inquiries about bees and chickens. The draft ordinance, which draws from those in effect in Roeland Park for chickens and Prairie Village for bees, will require permits to keep either on in the backyard. The ordinance did not run into any opposition during the council discussion.
“I think we are making it doable,” said Mayor Steve Schowengerdt. “I like having some control over it,” Councilor Pat Quinn said.
The ordinance, which will come back in August as an action item, would not allow residents with a history of animal or code violations to obtain a permit, which is required for either bees or chickens. The ordinance provides for setbacks in both cases from the property lines. It sets limits of six adult chickens – no roosters – and two bee hives. The ordinance also calls for an annual $50 fee and inspection by the neighborhood services staff.