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Backyard Hens

Pilot Program

The City is implementing a one year pilot project for backyard hens. The goal is to provide selected residents with the opportunity to participate and learn from this pilot. Selected households must be committed to the requirements of the pilot program. The City will be using the outcomes of the resident involvement, data, and other findings to determine the future of hens in St. Albert.

The City received three complete applications during the application process. As per Council direction, these residents will inform the pilot program. All have participated in the educational hen-keeping training and are fulfilling their final steps by working with the City to finalize their hens coops and receive their Premise Identification Numbers. 

Anticipated Timeline

Date Information
February 2017 Applications open
March 2017 Completed application due March 6, 2017. Due to the limited number of applications, the City is gathering findings from the application process. 
April 2017 Council directs Administration to run pilot program with residents who completed applications by original application date. 
May/June 2017 Pilot project begins (tentative)
August 2017 City Inspection #1 (tentative)
October 2017 Mid-term gathering with participants and public to discuss findings of pilot project to date (tentative)
December 2017 City Inspection #2 (tentative)
April 2018 City Inspection #3 (tentative)
May/June 2018 Pilot project is completed (tentative)
June/July 2018 Public Open House to discuss findings of the pilot project (tentative)
August/September 2018 Administration prepares report and presents to Council (tentative)


For More Information:

Tracy Tsui or Lenore Mitchell
Planning Branch
City of St. Albert

Last edited: April 25, 2017

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