All politics is local, and few things at the local level get all twisted up faster than zoning enforcement. In today’s installment of “busybody makes headlines”, someone in a high end Savannah neighborhood is on a crusade to rid her area of chickens.
Lots of county residents keep chickens, including prominent islanders Paula Deen and Savannah Bee Company founder Ted Dennard.
“Thousands of people in Chatham County keep chickens,” Bill Lynes said. “It just doesn’t make any sense.”
But there may soon be two fewer celebrity chicken keepers if the county follows through on its promise to investigate their backyard chickens, too.
The Lynes received a letter in early June from Chatham County Zoning Administrator Robert Sebek citing two violations: They built the chicken coop without a permit and they were “keeping chickens in a zoning district that does not permit that use.”
Zoning laws often end up tying up each side in court for a long time when residents choose to push back. My guess is that Deen and her neighbors can afford a few lawyers if they really like their chickens and their private property rights. I wonder if Savannah won’t think it best just to let the matter quietly go away. Then again, roosters and neighborhood activists are both hard to keep quiet.
H/T Jim Galloway.