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Jerome Requires Special Use Permits For Chicken Producers

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By Jay Michaels

Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Southern Idaho isn't the "Wild, Wild West" any more. So when it comes to raising animals, especially in town, we need to make sure we're playing by the rules. And if you want to "grow your own chickens" in the city of Jerome, you can do that.

The Jerome City Planning and Zoning code designates chickens as livestock. But the district regulations lumps them in together with poultry, fowl, and chickens. So you can raise chickens inside the Jerome city limits, but you're going to need a special use permit first.

Community Development Director Zoe Monahan says, "With many special use permits you need a diagram, and then a description of what you're requesting, that goes to the planning commission for review. There is a notice period, because public hearing is required. It's posted in the paper and it's also sent out to surrounding neighbors."

Monahan says the zones in Jerome you can raise chickens in are rated C-1 through C-3, M-1 and M-2, and R-1 through R-3. In other words, those specific zones are Commercial, Manufacturing, and Residential. But it can take a while before your special use permit application is decided on.

Monahan says, "It really depends on when the application is submitted, and when the next commission meeting is. So probably around three to four weeks, in that timeframe. Again, it depends on when we can post the notice."

Monahan says the city planning and zoning commission meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays at the Jerome City Council Chambers.

Monahan says, "The application is available on the city's website on the forms section on the home page. Or they can give me a call and we can talk about the process. Or they can send me an e-mail, whatever's easiest for them."

You can download a special use permit application form from the city of Jerome's website. Or you can call Monahan at Jerome City Hall at 324-8189, extension 101.

Jan. 18, 2013.


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