Council passes a honey of an ordinance

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Ojai Valley News photo by Tim Dewar

After a second reading of a proposed ordinance, beekeeping could be allowed within the city limits.

Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter

The prospect of citywide apiculture gained the status of likelihood in Ojai Sept. 20, when the City Council introduced an ordinance to allow beekeeping in all zones within the city limits. The measure had been carried over from the Council's Sept. 13 meeting.

City Attorney Matthew Summers enumerated the key provisions of the proposal, which contains regulations for the conditions under which bees may be kept and the number and location of hives in proportion to the size of an owner's lot.

For each colony, he said, movable frame hives are required, as well as a water source for the bees at all times. Details for the adequate spacing of hives is likewise specified in the ordinance, he said, and each colony must be registered with the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner and maintained in compliance with all relevant state regulations.

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