These little piggies ... need permits


Purdue University photo / A Jackson County farmer must request an improvement location permit and obtain state approval for two 4,000-head hog barns before requesting a special exception for a confined animal feeding operation, such as that pictured here.

Tribune photo by Aubrey Woods/ James Lucas of Freetown talks about his request for a special exception to allow for two 4,000-head wean-to-finish hog barns with members of the Jackson County Board of Zoning Appeals during their meeting Tuesday night at the courthouse. The board tabled a decision on the request after determining Lucas needed to obtain state approval for the project first.


A Freetown man plans to press forward with obtaining approval to build two 4,000-head hog barns despite running into a setback Tuesday.

The Jackson County Board of Zoning Appeals voted 4-1 Tuesday to table a request for a special exception from James Lucas and his son because they failed to first obtain approval for building in the flood plain.

County building commissioner Mike Weir said Wednesday that Lucas must obtain an improvement location permit from the county office of planning and zoning and then apply for a confined animal feeding operation permit from the state Department of Environmental Management. Both are required under the county’s flood plain regulations.

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