Monday, December 3, 2012

Support Long Beach Beekeeping and Urban Agriculture

The Long Beach Environmental Committee is hearing recommendations for change to the city ordinances related to the keeping of bees, chickens and goats.  They last met 11/27/2012 and city staff were requested to present in the first quarter of 2013 draft ordinance changes.  There was a potential survey presented by staff but that has been post-poned until the draft ordinances are presented.

Here is the review in the LB report.  LB Report about city meeting.

The fifth district council member, Gerrie Schipske, has put out an online survey to get a feel for what people think about the proposed changes.  Here is what staff has proposed at the summer meeting.



City of Long Beach

Current and proposed policies on the keeping of backyard chickens, goats and bees [source: City of LB website]
Current
Proposed

Chickens

  • Up to 20 may be kept at least 50 feet from 1 and 2 family residences or 100 feet from multi-family (3+) residences or hotels
  • 1 chicken may be kept as pet at least 20 feet from any dwelling
  • Up to 4 may be kept without required distance from neighboring residence
  • 5 to 10 may be kept at least 25 feet from neighboring residence
  • 11 to 20 may be kept at least 50 feet from neighboring residence
  • 5 or more must obtain one-time permit from Animal Care Services
Goats
  • No more than 1 may be kept at least 100 feet from neighboring residences
  • May not be kept south of Anaheim Street
  • 2 female pygmy goats (only) may be kept without required distance from neighboring residences
  • Must be licensed annually by Animal Care Services
  • Milk products produced are for personal consumption only
Bees
  • Hives must be kept at least 100 feet from neighboring residences and public ways (streets and alleys).
  • Must be kept 10 feet above ground
  • Up to 5 hives may be kept at least 5 feet from property line
  • If a hive is less than 15 feet from a property line, a flyway barrier of at least 6 feet high must be maintained around the hive
  • Hives must be registered with Los Angeles County Department of Agriculture

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