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Plannerbabs

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I've lurked and posted here and there long enough--just thought I should business-casually introduce myself. Recent graduate, sort of, of master's planning program at BSU, still finishing $$%* thesis, getting married in December, working as a current planner, have two dogs, drink too much coffee.
Ok, glad that's out of the way.
By the way, anyone have any thoughts on zoning for chickens?? It seems to be a trend in our area...and no corn/Indiana jokes, please.
 

nerudite

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Plannerbabs said:
Thanks for the intro... it's nice to know the people we are harassing in the forums! :)

By the way, anyone have any thoughts on zoning for chickens??
Is that like the new "Planning for Dummies"?
 

Plannerbabs

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No, unfortunately, it's actual chickens. We've gotten a few calls in the last couple of weeks about keeping chickens--in a city of over a million people....Apparently urban poultry farming is the wave of the future.
 

nerudite

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Plannerbabs said:
No, unfortunately, it's actual chickens. We've gotten a few calls in the last couple of weeks about keeping chickens--in a city of over a million people....Apparently urban poultry farming is the wave of the future.
I know of a few livestock provisions... I was just joking. Wanna start a new thread in Zoning and Current Planning... that way your introduction and all the friendly hellos you get won't get bogged down in poultry talk. :)
 

Plannerbabs

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We've got zoning for---well, really against, mostly--chickens, it's just kind of an odd phenomenon that's popped up recently. I was wondering more if anyone else had noticed this trend. And it does sort of prove that there's more than corn and fast cars in Indiana--we also have chickens!
 

Chet

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Plannerbabs said:
I've lurked and posted here and there long enough--just thought I should business-casually introduce myself.
Welcome. Meeting a long time lurker is like meeting that wierd neighbor that never leaves the house. ;)

By the way, anyone have any thoughts on zoning for chickens?? It seems to be a trend in our area...
OMG LOL we are reviewing that exact issue at our next meeting. For some friggin reason (our code is 40 years old and was developed when the city was 90% rural) on ANY residential lot you can have 20 chickens per acre if you have 2.75 to 10 acres of land, and 50 chickens per acre, as long as you have over 10 acres. This is AS A RIGHT without and permit or review. It just dawned on us the other day that this had significant opportunity for abuse! I'll keep you posted on what they decide to do.
 

JNA

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welcome
does BSU = Ball State?
what do you consider as too much coffee?
 

Rem

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Welcome.

Are you sure Plannerbabs isn't a pseudonym for a porn star?
 

Zoning Goddess

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Welcome. My next-door neighbors had some chickens (in a residential zoning) but dogs got them. So I feel I am qualified to welcome you.
 

Belle

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Hullo and welcome! :)

There's a local county is dealing with this issue too. I'll be interested to hear what you come up with.

I'm starting my %#@^& thesis...at least that's the story I'm telling my advisor this summer. I haven't been as productive as I hoped (partly due to a preoccupation with this site!).

I'm getting married next summer, and there are some more engaged folks here...fodder for many more threads there.

Cheers!
 

donk

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Welcome, nobody here but us chickens, cluck cluck.

We have had a few poultry questions ourselves. we have an outright ban on any new poultry farms and use the Municiapl Plan's discussions on what is residential to stop people from raising them in "real" residential areas.
 

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Plannerbabs said:
By the way, anyone have any thoughts on zoning for chickens?? It seems to be a trend in our area...and no corn/Indiana jokes, please.
Ck farms or individual?

When I was in knoxville for grad school the the downstair neighbor had a ck that would run around outside and try to peck my ankles everytime i went by their door to use my stairs. but one day it was gone (i can guess what happened). I lived in an "intown" area, but this seemed common place there. There are also cks all around key west, kinda a trade mark there. I think cks are fine, they dont bother me.

I have been to muncie several times, and have family in Anderson and Indy, so no corn jokes from me.

welcome, and feel free to bring your chickens. ;)
 

OhioPlanner

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Hello, welcome.

Most cities I know of ban poultry of any kind within the city limits.

However, I've also heard of a special use permit to allow chickens. Mainly for 4-H families etc.

I had a case in Texas where a man of about 90 had a bunch in his front yard but he was too old to take care of them properly. It smelled really bad. Code enforcement wouldn't do anything because of his age and he was poor.

We had a city-wide cleanup day and a sorority was sent to his home to clean out the chicken coops. I bet they thought they got the worst task of the day. I could smell it and I was a block away on another site.
 

Plannerbabs

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Yes, BSU= Ball State. There are a lot of us (BSU usually wins w/total number of students and alumni at the APA receptions, or so I've been told). Too much coffee=a whole pot, or fidgeting during meetings. So far the chickens have been limited to a few, not a whole flock, and mostly in outlying suburban areas, but it just seems goofy that people who live in cities keep chickens at all. Must be Indiana's rural background coming through.
 

PlannerGirl

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I was reading someting a few weeks ago, i think in The NY Times about more and more urban folks keeping chickens as pets and the mess they were running into with zoning etc. Damn costly birds, i dont see having a pet i was tempted to eat!

BTW welcome to our bird brained bunch (hehe cant help it!)

PG
 

NHPlanner

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Welcome from another BSU grad! :beer:

I think that makes 5 or 6 BSU Cyburbanites....
 

Plannerbabs

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So there's 5 or 6 of us from BSU? It might be interesting to make a BSU map, to see where we all scatter when we leave beautiful Muncie....
 

michaelskis

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Plannerbabs said:
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By the way, anyone have any thoughts on zoning for chickens??
I am not sure about your community, but in here, we have listed in our zoning ordinance that farm animals are only permitted in preservation zones. We keep having to cite people because they have chickens behind there row homes.
 

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Hi Plannerbabs - I think in RE to chicken zoning, I think its all a matter of density - not too much water, but not too dense.
 

pandersen

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Welcome!

Chickens are the challenge round these parts, rather large hog farms! Upon careful reflection, it seems at least 50% of my job revolves around one form or another of manure management.

Like with everything else, "shit happens"
 

dms

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Zoning for Chickens ????

Zoning for chickens ??? Ummmm.. good question. As a kid I used to have the annual Easter chicks, but after a few weeks, they change from the fluffy little yellow things to feathers yard wanderers...

I know that that there a lot of small scale "farmers" - sometimes in the middle of suburban neighborhoods. Neighbors usually don't mind too much, as long as the chickens do not become a niuance. The real problem is that what is cute reasonable for one family is not for others.

As a simple rule, chickens should be limited to larger lot areas, and considered as "farm animals" or "agricultural uses". A simple test to determine the difference between "farm animals" and "domestic pets": Will you allow the chickens to live in your house, or do you need to build a separate shelter for their usual habitation ? If there is a need for a separate stucture, it can be safely assumed that they are not a domestic pet, and can be considered "farm animals" and a "farm" or agricultural" use.
 

Trail Nazi

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Welcome. My husband always calls me at work asking where he could build a chicken coop, so I'll give him your number the next time he calls.
 
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