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posted: 10/3/2013 5:27 PM

Public hearing on bees, hens:

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The Lake County Zoning Board of Appeals' public hearing on proposed regulations to allow beekeeping and hens in unincorporated areas has been rescheduled to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Independence Grove Visitor Center, 16400 W. Buckley Road, Libertyville. The regulations would allow for keeping of bees, hens and hoophouses, and establish maintenance standards. The proposals include: two beehives on residential lots of at least one-quarter acre and one additional beehive for each extra 10,000 square feet of lot area; no more than six hens per residential lot of at least one-quarter acre; and, hoophouses of 50 square feet in size for each 10,000 square feet of residential lot area. The amendments are intended to support local food production. Visit http://www.lakecountyil.gov/localfood/Pages/default.aspx.

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