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June 11, 2014

City Council asks Regional Planning Commission review honeybee resolution

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The Clarksville City Council has submitted the following proposed resolution to the Clarksville-Montgomery County Regional Planning Commission for review. The City Council is seeking to create a beekeeping resolution to address honeybee hives within residential areas of the city. Honeybees are protected and regulated by the Tennessee Apiary Act of 1995 (TCA 44-15-101 – 124). 

Below is the language that the city council has forwarded to the Regional Planning Commission for their review. The Regional Planning Commission can approve, revise, or deny the below language.

RESOLUTION 41-2013-14

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE APPLICATION FOR A TEXT AMENDMENT TO THE CITY OF CLARKSVILLE ZONING ORDINANCE CONCERNING APICULTURE (HONEYBEE KEEPING)

WHEREAS, the City Council of Clarksville recognizes the need to control the location of honeybee keeping for the safety of its constituents; and 

WHEREAS, honeybees are important in the pollination of crops and fruit trees for a successful harvest; and 

WHEREAS, the generation of honey has been a long-standing food source; and 

WHEREAS, honeybee “colony collapse disorder” is a growing concern in western countries due to the adverse impact on agricultural crop production; and 

WHEREAS, the Tennessee Apiary Act of 1995 (Tennessee Code Annotated 44-15-101 through 124) protects apiculture through apiary registration and other standards; and 

WHEREAS, the Tennessee Apiary Act of 1995 allows the regulation of the location of honeybee hives only through zoning (TCA 44-15-124); and 

WHEREAS, a separation between the location of the honeybee hive or hives from the nearest adjacent property line is important to the safety of neighbors and the enjoyment of their property; and 

WHEREAS, farm animals may be housed no closer than two hundred (200) feet of the nearest property line in all zoning districts under the City Zoning Ordinance. 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CLARKSVILLE, TENNESSEE: 

That, in accordance with Section 11.4 of the City Zoning Ordinance, the City Council is hereby the applicant for a text amendment to the City Zoning Ordinance as follows: 

1. Under Chapter 2 “Rules of Interpretation and Definitions”, Section 2 “Definitions”, Definition 11 “Agricultural Uses (Customary)” is hereby amended by adding the word “apiculture” between the words “floriculture” and “forests. 

2. Under Chapter 5 “Land Use Development Standards and Procedures”, Section 1 “Standards for Uses Permitted with Conditions (PC)”, Subsection 1 “Agricultural Use Permitted with Conditions (PC)”, “Agricultural Uses (Customary)” Item 1 is hereby amended by adding the words “and/or hive” between the words “structure” and “in”, and by adding the words “or honeybees” between the words “animals” and “are”, and adding the sentence: 

“However, the distance of beehives to any property line may be reduced to not less than fifty  (50) feet based on the lot size in accordance with the following: 

A. Less than 0.5 acre – four (4) beehives. 

B. 0.5 acre to less than 1.0 acre – six (6) beehives. 

C. 1.0 acre to less than 5.0 acres – eight (8) beehives. 

D. 5.0 acres or greater – no limit on the number of beehives. 

3. Under Chapter 5 “Land Use Development Standards and Procedures”, Section 3 “Standards for Accessory Uses (A)”, Subsection 1 “Agricultural Accessory Uses (A)”, “Agricultural Uses (Customary)” Item 1 is hereby amended by adding the words “and/or hive” between the words “structure” and “in”, and by adding the words “or honeybees” between the words “animals” and “are”, and adding the sentence: 

C-MC Regional Plann'g Commission_banner“However, the distance of beehives to any property line may be reduced to not less than fifty (50) feet based on the lot size in accordance with the following: 

A. Less than 0.5 acre – four (4) beehives. 

B. 0.5 acre to less than 1.0 acre – six (6) beehives. 

C. 1.0 acre to less than 5.0 acres – eight (8) beehives. 

D. 5.0 acres or greater – no limit on the number of beehives. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City Council requests the Clarksville-Montgomery County Regional Planning Commission to conduct a public hearing on this text amendment at their next regularly scheduled public hearing and make a recommendation on the text amendment to the City Council. 

 



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