George W. Davis

GREEN: The chickens may soon be coming home to roost.

Greenís Planning and Zoning Commission is urging the City Council to change the communityís zoning rules to allow residents to raise chickens.

City planners have recommended that residents living on properties ranging in size from two to five acres be allowed to raise laying hens.

Current rules permit animal husbandry and the keeping of livestock on lots with a minimum of five acres in specially zoned areas of the city.

Planning Director Wayne Wiethe said the change would permit only a maximum of eight chicken hens on lots of two to five acres.

No roosters would be permitted on parcels smaller than five acres. The city would also require residents to keep their hens cooped up.

Hen houses would have to be in the back of properties at least 20 to 30 feet away from the property line.

Commission member John Beese, who has a large farm, said hens should be kept in fully enclosed structures and protected from the elements.

Wiethe said if the council approves the idea, property owners would be required to submit a site plan showing the location of any structures and fencing.

In other action, the commission last week also approved plans by the Akron-Canton Airport to construct a 708-space economy parking lot at the northwest corner of Lauby and Mount Pleasant roads.

Rick McQueen, president and chief executive of the airport, said the airportís employee parking area now includes overflow of vehicles because of a major increase in passengers in recent years.

He said the lot would be on a 3.5-acre parcel and passengers would be shuttled to and from the airport.

McQueen said 539 spaces could be completed by June with the other two phases expected to be completed by summerís end.