Thursday, July 19, 2012

Chicken Week: The Inspection, The Vote, and Aftermath

I'll be posting some old photos of the girls today

as I update you all on our chicken news.




First, we had our -inspection- to come into compliance on Wednesday, and it went great!

The coop is in storage.

We are all in the clear and avoided court (and possibly the fine- but we will see).



Second, THE VOTE was today.

The GOOD NEWS is the ordinance passed to allow chickens to people in our area.  YAY!




The AFTERMATH ensuing is that the law takes effect October 1st.




Also, the *special use permit fees and requirements*

are extremely excessive.

We are talking about $1000 when all is said and done

and when you go up for your review, you can still be

"denied"

 depending on who comes "to protest" at your hearing.

Well, we all know what can happen here.

TOO MUCH government regulation at its finest, folks.




So we are sleeping on it.

I have made thirty phone calls today.

We have a stack of paperwork ready to go...

and tomorrow morning we decide to either move forward

or wait to see if they will reduce the fees (which others have complained about, too).

But, with government, nothing ever really goes down...

in fact, it goes up, which one county board member did predict.




So with that said, if we go forward tomorrow

to get our chickens back by OCTOBER

(they'll be staying at Grandma's longer than anticipated)




then we will be getting mentally prepared and

relying on St Joseph to get us through the war,

which I feel, in all honesty, is an attack on our home.




I think we can do it.




10 comments:

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Fight the good fight! A nearby town recently authorized chickens in the yard. More and more people around here seem to be raising them.

Yael from Home Garden Diggers said...

Andrea,

Thanks for coming by. Glad your city passed an ordinance allowing chickens. Ours just did last year. The fees sure seem exorbitant, though. Hope that you do get a reduction.

Yael from Home Garden Diggers

NanaDiana said...

Well, that is a load of chicken crap!!! What...you mean you STILL have to get a conditional permit even if you wait until October? Or do you mean you can get a conditional permit that will let you have them until the ordinance comes into effect in October?

Whichever it is-just crazy! IF they pass the law WHY do they think they will need to give you a permit? The next thing you know they will be asking you to take down any clotheslines that might hold your underwear to avoid offending your neighbors~ xo Diana

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

I sure hope it all works out for you. Keep up the good fight!

Blessed Serendipity said...

Well I guess what you do depends on how much you love your chickens. If it were me I would go forward to keep raising them. Good luck in whatever you decide. I think that the permit fee is ridiculously expensive. Maybe it's high to discourage people from having chickens.

Danielle

Debra @ Common Ground said...

good grief, Charlie Brown!!! Save those pennies, it's an exercise in freedom! Yay for the chickens. Boo for government!

cathy@my1929charmer said...

You are fighting the good fight, unlike the government who always get's in the way. I'm wishing you luck with all of this "s?!T". I stopped by to congratulate you for being featured on Miss Mustard Seed! You must be ecstatic.

Prims By The Water said...

Keep fighting I say. Us little guys have to win sometimes. Loved the pics! Take care, Janice

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

The fees are horrible!! I hope it all works out and you will be able to bring your chickens home.

TexWisGirl said...

goodness! you've got so much red tape and hoops to jump through! good luck with ALL of it!

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