In Dallas, you have to keep at least 20 ft. between your chicken coop and your neighbor’s stuff. Here? It’s 100 ft. That’s why this map of the Greater Heights looks the way it does. Hens for Houston founder Claire Krebs, using GIS technology she learned as an engineering student at Rice, created a series of these maps (what she’s calling “policy-making tools”) out of HCAD data to show just how few Houstonians are allowed to keep hens — if they wanted, that is — because of a city ordinance requiring the 100-ft. setback.
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On Tuesday night Krebs and her team presented to city council a revision of the city ordinance, one that BARC has been working on since. Included was this map (below), one that shows in green Heights houses that would be eligible to keep hens if the setback were reduced even to 20 ft.
Similar maps for Southgate are available on Hens for Houston’s website. Though the maps show the difference between 100- and 20-ft. setbacks, Krebs says the group’s pushing for zero. She says that the common complaints about noise, smell, and animals “running at large” — nuisances which fall under other city ordinances anyway — aren’t solved by a setback.
Maps: Hens for Houston