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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.

Twenty households will be selected to participate in this project, with every neighbourhood represented. List of Selected Households per Area.

Application Process

There is a two-part application process.

Part 1 - Complete

Part 1 is now complete. Thank you to all interested residents who submitted their applications.

  • Due to the limited number of applications received, the City will be contacting those residents who submitted applications and those who requested a 60-metre radius map, but did not submit an application. Phone calls will take place the week of March 7.
  • As this is a pilot program, it is important for the City to understand what worked well and what barriers there may be in the application process. Findings will be presented to Council to determine next steps. 

Part 2

Part 2 is currently on hold until findings from the application process are presented to Council to determine next steps. 

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 Present findings to Council to determine next steps. All other steps on hold. 
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 (tenative)
April 2018 City Inspection #3 (tenative)
May/June 2018 Pilot project is completed (tenative)
June/July 2018 Public Open House to discuss findings of the pilot project (tenative)
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: March 7, 2017

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