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This is the official website for the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association, established in 1873. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

 

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November 12, 2015

City of Los Angeles City Council  From Katherine Peterson     

The Backyard Beekeeping Ordinance (Council File: 12-0785) was passed by the City of Los Angeles City Council on October 14, 2015, and signed and approved by Mayor Garcetti on October 26, 2015. This ordinance becomes effective on December 6, 2015.

Attached, you'll find the signed ordinance document, which can also be found in the Council File index, and on our website: cityplanning.lacity.org, under "Ordinances".

Thank you for your interest and involvement in the development of this ordinance to allow beekeeping in more areas throughout our city, supporting the bee population and our local food system.

 

October 15, 2015

The Backyard Beekeeping Ordinance (CPC-2015-578-CA, Council File No. CF 12-0785) was unanimously adopted by the City Council yesterday, Wednesday, October 14, 2015. The Ordinance received 15 “Yes” votes and 0 “No” votes.  For more details or to review/download documents submitted to the City Clerk, including the City Planning Commission Staff Report and action, please refer to the online Council File at the following link:

https://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm?fa=ccfi.viewrecord&cfnumber=12-0785

What’s Next?

According to Section 250 of the City Charter, the Mayor has 10 days to act on the ordinance, meaning he can act on it on the same day, or 10 days later. Assuming the Mayor approves it, the City Clerk’s Office will then post the adopted Ordinance for a period of 10 days and a 30-day effective date will begin after that. Simply put, the earliest an Ordinance can realistically go into effect is 40 to 50 days after it is adopted by the City Council. When we have an effective date, we will notify the individuals on this interest list by email.

Feel free to forward this information to anyone you feel might be interested. If you received this email via forwarded message from someone else, and you would like to receive updates directly from the Planning Department, please email katherine.peterson@lacity.org and ask to be added to the interest list. Please type “Add Me to Backyard Beekeeping Notification List” in the subject line and provide your group/organization/company affiliations and contact information (please include at least your zip code).
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October 14, 2015

Los Angeles City Council just voted unanimously to approve the new ordinance permitting beekee ping in City of Los Angeles residential zones. At this point, bees may be kept in the following zones:
Residential: RA, RE, RS, R1
Agricultural: A1, A2
Industrial: MR1, MR2, M1, M2 and M3

Please read the actual ordinance to insure your arrangement complies with all zoning requirements. Please note this includes registering with the County Agricultural Commissioner as a beekeeper. 

The new residential beekeeping ordinance: http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2012/12-0785_misc_09-18-2015.pdf
Approved uses listed alphabetically (2003): http://cityplanning.lacity.org/Code_Studies/Misc/uselist2.pdf
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OCTOBER 14, 2015 LA CITY COUNCIL - FINAL BEE VOTE
When: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Item #22 on the Agenda, Meeting begins at 10:00AM, plan accordingly.
Where:  John Ferraro Council Chamber, Room 340, City Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90012 
http://ens.lacity.org/clk/councilagendas/clkcouncilagendas399045_10142015.html
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AUGUST 20, 2015  LA CITY PLANNING COMMITTEE   

NEXT STEP:
PRESENTATION TO THE PLANNING & LAND USE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE (PLUM) OF THE CITY COUNCIL.

When:  AUGUST 25, 2015    -    Time: 2:30 p.m. 

Where:  Room 350 (third floor), City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

The next step will be to present the proposed Backyard Beekeeping Ordinance provisions to the Planning and Land Use Management Committee (PLUM) of the City Council.

To check the agenda online for this PLUM meeting, once it is posted, please go to: http://www.lacity.org/city-government/elected-official-offices/city-council/council-calendar?date=2015-08-25 PLUM reviews all planning-related matters. This is a public hearing, and there will be an opportunity for the public to submit public comment in writing or verbally. The next step after this meeting will be presentation to the full City Council at a later date.
 
As you know, the City Planning Commission approved the proposed Backyard Beekeeping Ordinance provisions at their regular meeting on May 14, 2015, and recommended to the City Council that it adopt the backyard beekeeping ordinance as shown on Appendix A of the Staff Report (http://planning.lacity.org/Code_Studies/beekeeping/StaffReport.pdf
 
Audio of the CPC meeting on May 14, 2015 is available online:  http://planning.lacity.org/MeetingsNHearings/Dsp_Results_CPC.cfm?Subtype=Agendas
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AUGUST 11, 2015  LA CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

LA City Planning Commission   By Katherine Peterson   August 11, 2015
As you know, the City Planning Commission approved the proposed Backyard Beekeeping Ordinance provisions at their regular meeting on May 14, 2015, and recommended to the City Council that it adopt the backyard beekeeping ordinance as shown on Appendix A of the Staff Report (http://planning.lacity.org/Code_Studies/beekeeping/StaffReport.pdf.  
Audio of the CPC meeting on May 14, 2015 is available online:  http://planning.lacity.org/MeetingsNHearings/Dsp_Results_CPC.cfm?Subtype=Agendas 
 
What's Next
The next step will be to present the proposed Backyard Beekeeping Ordinance provisions to the Planning and Land Use Management Committee (PLUM) of the City Council. PLUM reviews all planning-related matters. The Department of City Planning does not have control over the timing/scheduling of PLUM meetings, but will provide updates as we receive them.
 
Currently, City Council offices are working to schedule this ordinance for PLUM on August 25th, 2015, although this is not yet certain. We will send another email to this interest list when a date has been scheduled.


Thank you to everyone for their participation and for the input provided up to this point. If you have any questions or concerns as we move on to the next steps, please do not hesitate to contact me. Please note that I will be out of the office starting August 12, 2015. If you would like further information, please contact my supervisor, Erick Lopez, at erick.lopez@lacity.org or by phone: 213-978-1323.

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MAY 14, 2015  BACKYARD BEEKEEPING APPROVED BY THE LA CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

Today the LA City Planning Commission approved the ordinance for Backyard Beekeeping in the City of Los Angeles. Very strong beekeeping turnout at the city planning commission. Some 30 people spoke in public comments for it. View Ordinance: https://www.dropbox.com/…/CPC%20Beekeeping%20Staff%20Report…

MAY 14, 2015  LA CITY PLANNING COMMISSION 

Los Angeles City Hall - 200 North Spring Street, Room 350, Los Angeles, CA

NOTE: Time is still TBD.

The proposed ordinance is scheduled for CPC for Thursday, May 14, 2015. 

AGENDA: http://planning.lacity.org/MeetingsNHearings/Dsp_Results_CPC.cfm?Subtype=Agendas

READ: Backyard Beekeeping Final Staff Report

PDF of the presentation from the hearing on 3-19-15: Beekeeping Presentation Staff Hearing 3-19-15

Katie Peterson, City Planning Associate
email: katherine.peterson@lacity.org
phone: (213) 978-1445
mail: 200 N. Spring St., Room 701, M/S 395
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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MARCH 19, 2015 at 2pm:  PUBLIC HEARING: Backyard Beekeeping Draft Ordinance

All interested persons are invited to attend a public hearing for a proposed City of Los Angeles Zoning Code amendment to allow backyard beekeeping in single-family residential zones. At the hearing, you may listen, speak, or submit written information related to the proposed ordinance. This is the first in a series of public hearings regarding this proposed ordinance as it moves on to the City Planning Commission, Planning and Land Use Management committee of the City Council, and City Council.

PLACE: Los Angeles City Hall, Room 1010, 10th Floor – 200 N. Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

TIME: Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Please see the link below to the public hearing notice, Q&A and draft ordinance for more information.

Public Hearing Notice

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February 4, 2015:  PROPOSED CONCEPTS

Attached are the Proposed Concepts for Backyard Beekeeping in Los Angeles County.

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February 12, 2014, 9:15a..m.
Los Angeles City Hall,  Spring Street Steps forecourt

[NOTE from William Lewis, President of the California State Beekeepers Association and past President of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association: "I am certainly in support of bees in the city, but only if Best Management Practices, which was provided to the city planners, are adhered to which means "known gentle genetics".  I don't think this can be achieved by keeping local feral colonies.  I have not seen proof that they are well behaved and in my experience, the ferals I catch have turned out to be very aggressive."] 

WORKS is pairing up with HoneyLove to support passage of the bee legislation coming to vote on February 12th

Hi All -

If you care about bees and I know you do, then next Wednesday, February 12th is an important day to turn out to City Hall.  If you or anyone you know can attend, please let me know me.  We would like to share with Andy Shrader from Councilmember Koretz's know how many of our Urban Ag Friends plan to attend.   

Here is the information on the press event and council motions.  Please pass it on!

LA City Council is voting on 3 pending bee measures on February 12th.  If you haven't been following the issue, "colony collapse disorder" has been devastating bee colonies around the country.  Bottom line, we need bees to pollinate our food crops.  And our flowers.  

LA currently has a healthy honey bee population and we want to keep it that way.

 Press event:

 When: February 12th, 2014   9:15am
 Where: Los Angeles City Hall, Spring Street Steps forecourt
 Who: Councilmembers Koretz, Bonin, likely Huizar...
 Rob and Chelsea MacFarland: http://honeylove.org/team/
 Urban farmers (invited, but not confirmed)
 What: To talk up these measures in support of bees: 

#1: LEGALIZE URBAN BEEKEEPING IN LOS ANGELES
http://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm?fa=ccfi.viewrecord&cfnumber=12-0785

#2: SAVING AMERICA'S POLLINATORS ACT
http://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm?fa=ccfi.viewrecord&cfnumber=13-0002-S134

#3 HUMANE POLICY FOR LIVE BEE REMOVAL
http://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm?fa=ccfi.viewrecord&cfnumber=13-1660

From:  Francesca de la Rosa, Director of Policy and Strategic Alliances
Women Organizing Resources, Knowledge and Services (WORKS)
795 N. Avenue 50   Los Angeles, CA   90042
213-446-4522 (phone)
fdelarosa@worksusa.org
www.worksusa.org

(Note: The Planning and Land Use Management Committee's (PLUMC) recommendation is that the council forward the issue to the Department of City Planning and Department of Animal Services for analysis/recommendations and report back to the PLUMC within 60 days.

 

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When: February 4th, 2014   9:15am   
Where: Los Angeles City Hall (outside, location to be confirmed)
Who: Councilmember Koretz and likely others
What: To encourage the City Council to approve these measures for the support of bees:
 

From Andy Shrader from Councilmember Paul Koretz's office:

We will be addressing the three pending bee measures in City Council on February 4th.

1) Please Save the Date! for a big bee press event and send to other interested folks:

urban beekeeping [CD11], 
http://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm?fa=ccfi.viewrecord&cfnumber=12-0785

Saving the Pollinator's Act, [CD5]
http://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm?fa=ccfi.viewrecord&cfnumber=13-0002-S134

Huizar's motion on humane alternatives for bee removal
http://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm?fa=ccfi.viewrecord&cfnumber=13-1660 

2) Please send letters of support for the measures if you haven't before.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 at 7:00PM - SUNLAND-TUJUNGA:

On Wednesday, December 11, 2013 the Sunland Tujunga Neighborhood Council voted to approve a motion to support beekeeping and to submit a Community Impact Statement to the LA City Council in accordance with the provisions of "Best Management Practices for Maintaining Local European Honey Bee Colonies." 

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10 at 2:30PM - CITY OF LOS ANGELES: The Planning and Land Use Management Committee is discussing the issue of urban beekeeping in R1 zones should anyone wants to be there to observe/provide input.

BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS 
EDWARD R. ROYBAL HEARING 
ROOM 350 
200 NORTH SPRING STREET, LOS ANGELES, CA 90012

http://www.lacity.org/government/PublicMeetings/index.htm
http://ens.lacity.org/clk/committeeagend/clkcommitteeagend2685311_12102013.pdf

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