I support allowing backyard chickens in Upper Arlington. Other central Ohio communities have successfully allowed hen-keeping, as people are reconnecting with a desire for local, healthy food and a value system of living in a sustainable manner.

To the Editor:

I support allowing backyard chickens in Upper Arlington. Other central Ohio communities have successfully allowed hen-keeping, as people are reconnecting with a desire for local, healthy food and a value system of living in a sustainable manner.

Solar panels on the roofs of homes and schools are becoming a common sight. Hybrid vehicles can be found everywhere.

Urban farming is a trend growing around our country, reviving the "Victory Gardens" of the past. As the weather warms, we are seeing farmers markets pop up around greater Columbus and the community gardens on Ackerman Road and off Grandview Avenue are sprouting.

There are many social benefits emerging from such urban agricultural practices, including improved health and nutrition, increased food security and a better community social life.

Upper Arlington has a strong history of leading environmental efforts and serves as a role model for other central Ohio communities in the areas of recycling and other "green" practices.

Some highlights of UA's many environmentally sound efforts are touted on the city's website, which notes: "Upper Arlington enjoys one of the highest recycling rates in the state ... has been named Tree City USA every year since 1990 ... signed the Central Ohio Green Pact in 2007, became the first central Ohio community to assess its own carbon footprint ... and was a founding member of the Central Ohio Green Pact, a regional sustainability approach with goals of enhancing and protecting the quality of life and economic vitality of the region."

Supporting backyard hens in Upper Arlington is a natural extension of these citywide efforts to promote a healthier, sustainable community.

Updating Upper Arlington's laws to allow backyard chickens on more residential lots -- with reasonable restrictions in place to address citizens' concerns about noise and waste - makes sense.

Layla Marino Manganaro

Upper Arlington