Chickens, beekeeping rules considered:
The Lake County Zoning Board of Appeals hosts a public hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday on proposed regulations to allow beekeeping, hens and hoophouses in unincorporated areas. The new regulations would allow two beehives on a quarter-acre or larger residential lots and one additional hive for each 10,000 square feet of lot area and no more than six hens. Hoophouses could be 50 square feet for each 10,000 square feet. The amendments are intended to support local food production. The hearing will be at the Independence Grove visitors center, 16400 W. Buckley Road (Route 137) east of Milwaukee Avenue near Libertyville.