Has the “crazy idea” organism suddenly appeared in the Lake Bluff water supply? I hope not, but it appears to be the case as we move from the “got to have” those short term Airbnb rentals to save the Village, to “must have” chicken coops. What sort of demon has suppressed clear thinking among our people, including those who make the rules?
In the name of “sustainability” we are now considering the absolute need to allow chicken coops which, incidentally, includes from two to six chicken hens in our tight little village where many lots are 50’ wide and accommodate houses with foot prints that consume 70% or more of the land. It is of little comfort that a whopping 10’ is being considered the minimum distance from a neighbor’s property, which could be someone’s bedroom window, porch or patio.
Lake Bluff is a residential community, not a rural or agricultural one with abundant spacing between homes and properties to alleviate the intrusion of a populated chicken coop. Even absent roosters, chickens can be noisy, they are not domesticated and no one runs around with a plastic bag following the path of the chickens to keep the area clean of waste. Speaking of which, there is nothing benign about chicken waste. Presumed Ocular Histoplasmosis, an eye disease, is caused by exposure to chicken feces. A visit to this web site will help one to understand the cause and effect.
A few years back in Lake Forest, the ex-wife of a Walgreen family member brought Pot Belly pigs into her domain ostensibly as pets, in remarkably clear conflict with the City zoning ordinances. Lake Forest did nothing to prevent such breaches and stay the pigs did. The outcome was not pretty. The adjacent neighbor had carefully planned the purchase of an empty lot in the neighborhood for the construction of downsized home while simultaneously placing their larger home on the market. When the pigs arrived, the home became unsalable and the property value plummeted. They are in the larger home today, thanks to the pigs.
No one can predict with certainty the value of a home, but one sure bet, property values of any home adjacent to a chicken coop will not go up in value. When was the last time, or even first time a prospective home buyer listed as their must haves specs on their wish list, “live chickens in a chicken coop next door?”
The likely outcome of a chicken coop next door will be diminished desirability and value of the adjacent property. Home owners do not need additional impediments to the sale of their homes, including high taxes, Airbnb’s and chicken coops. Again I ask, what value does this bring to the village?
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