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Posted on: October 14, 2010

[ARCHIVED] Council approves noncommercial, residential beekeeping on first reading

Town of Castle Rock currently has an ordinance in place, which strictly prohibits beekeeping as a public nuisance within Town limits.

After a resident’s request last April, Town Council Tuesday night voted to reconsider prohibition on beekeeping, and to permit noncommercial, backyard beehives. Council will vote on the second reading of the ordinance Tuesday, Oct. 26.

Many Colorado cities – including Denver, Aurora, Fort Collins and Littleton –have ordinances in place to allow for residential beekeeping. Supporters believe that bees provide an environmental benefit and pollinate up to a third of the crops grown in the United States annually.

On average, bee colonies consist of 40,000 to 100,000 bees. Generally, honeybees are docile, not aggressive by nature and will not sting unless provoked while trying to protect a hive.

Some experts estimate a loss of 90 percent of wild honeybees in North America over the past 10 years. According to the Colorado State Beekeepers Association, the number of commercial operators has been slowly declining, both within the organization and throughout the state.

Town staff reviewed options to permit beekeeping in single-family residential zones. The proposed amendment allows residents to have two hives or colonies per residential lot. All hives must have a 6-foot flyaway barrier buffer and a 5-foot setback from the property line. The Town may remove abandoned or noncompliant hives.

Questions? Contact Zoning Manager Mary Taylor, 720-733-3557 or mtaylor@crgov.com.

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