Council to Vote on Urban Beekeeping

By KOLR10 News

Published 06/09 2014 04:58AM

Updated 06/09 2014 05:01AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The idea of allowing beekeeping anywhere in the city of Springfield is up for vote before the City Council tonight. 

The Planning and Zoning commission held a public hearing in May to consider amendments to the zoning ordinance to allow honey bee colonies and hives to be kept in any zoning district.

There was discussion during that meeting about how a bee colony or hive would be dealt with if it becomes a nuisance.  In support of the ordinance, backers included this language:  "Honey bees are extremely important insects because they provide pollination for both cultivated and wild plants, and the honey and other hive products
that are produced have a multitude of food and health benefits."

Allergic reactions to bee stings are also addressed in the ordinance.
The City Council held a public hearing on the proposal two weeks ago.  Now the group is set to vote on the issue at tonight's meeting, which starts at 6:30 pm at the historic City Hall on N. Boonville.

Read the proposed ordinance, attached above.

Full Council agenda here 

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