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Ashland to consider permits for beehives in the city

Neighbors who have allergies could object
 Posted: 2:00 AM August 19, 2013

The Ashland City Council will consider new rules that would require people who want to have beehives in town to notify their neighbors and get a $28 permit.

The permit would be denied if a neighbor objected and submitted medical documentation of a bee-sting allergy.

People who are allergic to bee stings can suffer severe reactions — and even die — if stung.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Ashland Civic Center Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main St., to discuss the proposed rules.

Earlier this month, councilors gave initial approval for new rules that would loosen restrictions on the keeping of small livestock, such as rabbits and miniature goats, while also adopting new standards that are meant to protect the quality of life in neighborhoods.

Councilors were hesitant to lift restrictions on beekeeping without providing a path for neighbors with bee-sting allergies to voice concerns.

More residents are raising small livestock because of growing interest in local food production and self-sufficiency.

Also Tuesday night, councilors will hear a briefing on initial impacts from the North Main Street road diet, which last fall reduced car lanes and added bike lanes along the road as it enters Ashland.

They will hear data on vehicle speeds, whether traffic is backing up, changes in pedestrian and bicycle use of the corridor and other information.

For a complete list of agenda items, see www.ashland.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=15739.

Staff reporter Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-479-8199 or vlaldous@yahoo.com.


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