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Jacksonville’s Planning Commission unanimously approved zoning changes Thursday for Springfield that pave the way for an apartment complex for the disabled and chronically homeless.

The approval is the first step in a settlement agreement between the city, two disability-rights nonprofits and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Disability Rights Florida and Jacksonville-based Ability Housing sued after Ability Housing’s permit request to build the complex in Springfield was rejected.

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The Jacksonville Planning Commission unanimously approved an ordinance allowing people to keep chickens in their backyards Thursday.

In 2013, the city launched a pilot program allowing 300 permits for backyard chicken-keeping. The new ordinance would expand that ability to everyone who lives in a single-family home, as long as they take a chicken-keeping class offered by the county.

Despite initial concerns of noise and smell problems, no one complained to City Hall during the program.