Jerome: Keeping The Chicken In Line


By Joey Martin

Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The city of Jerome is looking to define one ordinance that may or may not affect your chickens.

On Tuesday night, the Jerome Planning and Zoning Commission met and discussed the possibility of making changes to their chicken ordinance.

Currently, with a special use permit, homeowners can raise as many chickens on private property that they want... As long as the city approves that number.

But as the city of Jerome continues to grow, the number of calls pertaining to lose chickens have increased.

That's why the city is looking to make a few changes to their chicken ordinance.

The new wording would limit the number of birds a homeowner can have on their property.

“Via a special use permit they can have up to 6 chickens… no roosters. They’re allowed to have a coop or an accessory building and it falls under the same guidelines with any other building code. And the other concern we have is the smell… to make sure that the neighbors aren’t bothered.”
Said Rod Mink, Jerome Planning and Zoning Commissioner

The Jerome Planning and Zoning Commission will be holding a public hear on this issue.

After the public hearing, the new wording will go to the city council for final approval.

If you would like to voices your comments or concerns about the new chicken ordinance...

The public hearing will take place June 25th at 7pm inside the Jerome City Council Chambers.

The Chambers are located at 100 East Avenue A in downtown Jerome.

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