Residents Can Provide Input at Public Hearings
Lake County is considering new regulations that would allow beekeeping and hens in residential areas of unincorporated Lake County. Residents will have an opportunity to provide input on these proposed ordinance changes at two sets of public hearings.
The proposed regulations would establish maintenance standards for keeping bees, chickens, and hoophouses. It would allow:
•Two beehives on residential lots at least ¼ acre in area, and one additional beehive for each extra 10,000 square feet of lot area.
•No more than six hens to be kept on residential lots at least ¼ acre in area.
•Hoophouses, 50 square feet in size for each 10,000 square feet of residential lot area.
The proposed amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance are first considered by the Regional Planning Commission, then the Zoning Board of Appeals conducts the public hearing to record testimony and public comments. The County Board makes the final decision, which is expected in November.
Commission Public Meeting for Initial Review
Sept. 24, 4 p.m.
Zoning Board of Appeals
Oct. 7, 1 p.m.
Central Permit Facility, 500 W. Winchester Rd., Libertyville
The amendments are intended to support local food production. Learn more about how local food systems offer many economic, environmental, and quality-of-life benefits that apply to businesses, residents, and Lake County as a whole.