Meanwhile, the Hills City Council finalized its own urban chicken policy, making it the first community in Johnson County to allow its citizens to own and raise chickens. Their policy is based off Cedar Rapids' successful urban chicken policy. The people of Hills are allowed to raise up to six hens, they must notify all of their neighbors beforehand, and they need to file for a city permit:
Hills City Clerk Bonnie Hansen said no one has applied for a chicken permit yet, but she knows of at least a few residents who plan to apply. The annual permit costs $5.
Hills City Councilor Cathy Knebel said city officials pursued the ordinance — which the council unanimously approved — at the request of citizens. “The people who are interested have looked into it. They’ve read up about it and gone to classes to know how to handle it properly,” Knebel said. “We haven’t had any complaints from people saying they didn’t want it, so we think it’s a good thing."