I have a public hearing next week regarding our current zoning law on the keeping of chickens. 1. Nothing prohibits the keeping of said chickens. 2. No current limitations on number of chickens. 3. But... zoning says that any structure that houses the chickens can not be within 100 feet of a property line. We have 1/2 an acre and are within village lines. So.... I have to apply for an area variance requesting permission to use our current shed to house the wanted 3 hens. Technically we can build a tractor coop and since its not permanent it won't fall under the restriction (per village lawyer). Now I've talked to the neighbors that directly boarder us (one being on the village zoning board) and none have an issue with the chickens ... one even Thanked me for doing this. I have talked to a woman a few blocks away that just went through this and was granted permission on a probationary period (they will re-review it this fall to see if any of her neighbors have any complaints). So where I"m going here is.... One of our neighbors who does not directly border us is back home from being out of state for the winter months. I got a chance to talk to him today (official notice has gone out to the neighbors and we have a lovely sign in our front yard "Public Hearing Notice" ) and asked if he had any concerns that I might be able to address. His concern was not so much the chickens although he said he did go up and talk to the building supervisor to find out that there are no restrictions on having chickens (his first concern as he feels that issue should be addressed - now another person is currenlty fighting to change the law in favor of keeping - essentially get it on the books that it is okay instead of having it so grey area) . He was rather suprised at that as he felt that it no longer made the area seem residential - and I know this is a common feeling among the zoning board. He felt that if one of our direct neighbors were to sell their home a potential buyer would not be interested if we had chickens here... making it feel less residential and more farmy. Well I can see his side but don't agree and kept friendly.. after all my goal is to gain info and know what I'm going to deal with at the meeting. I do have several coming in support (or so I hope). So... can anyone give me some polite responses to address the concern of 'what if potential buyers wouldn't like living next to my 3 chickens'. Personally I don't see how 3 chickens looses a residential feel especially when we are on all large lots... (my yard is fully fenced). I'm not talking 50 chickens here.... I have experience keeping birds (parrots) so know about proper care of keeping birds (I will care for the chickens as pets) and truly I can't worry about the 'what ifs' down the road. Any advice is appreciated. Basically I know I'm going to have to fight for the right to have chickens....even though that really isn't the issue... its the structure. I'd like to use the shed as its already there and we can do the modifications to the inside that we willneed to do without adding another structure to the property and I will be building a moveable enclosure that will attach to the side of the shed... but as mentioned... able to move as well.