Backyard Beekeeping Ordinance: PLUM Committee Moves Ordinance Forward To City Attorney

From: LA City Planning Committee   August 26, 2015
Katie is out on leave and I will be your point of contact regarding Backyard Beekeeping while she's away.
 
The Planning and Land Use Management Committee (PLUM) of the City Council approved the proposed Backyard Beekeeping Ordinance provisions at their regular meeting on August 25, 2015, and transmitted the Draft Ordinance to the City Attorney's Office with no amendments. The City Attorney's Office will now look over the Ordinance as to form and legality, and then transmit it back to the PLUMCommittee.
Audio of the PLUM meeting on August 24, 2015 is available online (at 2 hours 20 minutes): 
What's Next: 
City Attorney's Office transmits the final ordinance to PLUM, who will then forward it to the full City Council
The next step will be to wait for the City Attorney's Office to review the Ordinance for form and legality and transmit it back to the PLUMCommittee, who will then forward it to the full City Council. While the timeline for these steps is uncertain, the PLUM Committee stated their eagerness to see the Backyard Beekeeping Ordinance move through the process as quickly as possible, which was noted by the City Attorney.
We will notify you when the Ordinance has reached its next milestone. 
Thank You

Sweet! Los Angeles is Closer to Legalizing Beekeeping

The Los Angeles Times   By Kerry Cavanaugh  May 14, 2015

Rob McFarland holds a frame of honey bees. (LA Times)
 
Los Angeles is getting closer to legalizing backyard beekeeping and the proposed ordinance couldn’t come at a better time.
The more healthy bees in the environment, the better for everyone.-  

Professional beekeepers reported this week that 42% of their honeybees died in the last year, and, for the first time, they lost more bees during the summer than the winter. That’s surprising and worrisome because bees typically suffer in the cold weather, but fare better during the warm pollination season. And it underscores fears that parasites, pesticides and farming practices might be weakening the bee population, which is essential for pollinating the nation’s food crops.

Backyard beekeeping can’t replace commercial beekeeping operations, but the urban honeybees may help replenish the diminishing supply, or provide disease-resistant genes that can be introduced in the commercial bee lines. The more healthy bees in the environment, the better for everyone.

 

Current city law prohibits beekeeping, except on land zoned for agricultural uses. The proposed ordinance, approved Thursday by the city Planning Commission, would allow beekeeping by right in single-family neighborhoods. The resident would need to register as a beekeeper with the Los Angeles County agriculture commissioner, have no more than one hive per 2,500 square feet of lot, keep the hives at least five feet from the neighbors' yards and 20 feet from the street or sidewalk and keep a source of water for the bees so they don’t seek water from the neighbors' swimming pool or bird bath. There’s no pre-approval needed, but the city will respond to complaints and if residents break the rules or can’t manage their bees, the city can revoke the right to keep hives.

The City Council still needs to OK the new backyard beekeeping policy before it can take effect, but city leaders have been supportive of urban agriculture. And why not? L.A. has the ideal climate and long growing seasons. The city has hillsides, vacant lots and yards that can support small farms and hobby farmers. A vegetable garden or orchard is a more productive use of our precious water supply than a green lawn. And more fruits and vegetables grown locally mean less produce has to be trucked and shipped over great distance, meaning fresher food and less fossil fuels burned in transport.

Read at: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-los-angeles-legalizing-beekeeping-20150514-story.html

Legalization Update: Beekeeping in City of Los Angeles

LEGALIZATION UPDATE:

The City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning is in the process of preparing an ordinance to allow beekeeping on single-family zone lots, with a draft ordinance expected before City Planning Commission in the spring of 2015. This ordinance draft is in response to a City Council Motion directing our Department and Animal Services to report back on the feasibility of beekeeping in residential neighborhoods.

Preliminary Outreach Meeting
Saturday, January 10, 2015 | 10:00 a.m.
Hollenbeck Police Station
2111 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA
(street parking available, transit options are available, entrance at the front of the police station)

HoneyLove Event post: https://www.facebook.com/events/844746942253551/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular