There's a Buzz for Beekeeping in City of Stillwater
Some Stillwater residents want to the city to expand its ordinances to allow for more urban farming.
Residents are asking the city to change its ordinance on beekeeping.
According to the City of Stillwater, residents are allowed to have one beehive on their property if it's kept within 500 feet of the property line.
Community Development Director Bill Turnblad tells KSTP.com the ordinance means a resident would need about three acres to have a beehive on their property. He says, since most properties are relatively small in the city, beekeeping is essentially not allowed.
Some residents are requesting a change to the ordinance to allow beehives on any size lot. They're also requesting the city to allow raising chickens on any size property.
A public hearing on both ordinances was held Monday night. Turnblad says the chicken ordinance request was tabled for more research.
A public hearing on the bee ordinance is scheduled for August 21 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.