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Denver City & Cty, Colo., Ord. No. 621 (Nov. 18, 2008)
Brief Summary
The ordinance removed a prohibition on the keeping of domestic honeybees in residential zones (including mixed-use zones), and expressly allowed them as an accessory use so long as certain conditions are met. For example, each zone lot could have only two hives, and each hive needed to have a six-foot tall screen/barrier for the bees to fly over before getting in or out of Denver's zoning code has been revised since this ordinance was adopted.
Legal Strategies
Expressly allows something.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Grow
State: Colorado
Jurisdiction Type: City, County
Jurisdiction Name: Denver
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. whereas clause refers to the ordinance as being "reasonably necessary to the promotion of the public health, safety, and welfare.".
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
No.
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. The city council had determined on the basis of evidence and testimony presented at the public hearing that the amendment set forth herein is in conformance with the comp plan, is justified by changed or changing conditions, and is reasonably necessary to the promotion of public heath, safety and general welfare. (Whereas clause).
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
No.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
No.
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
No.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
Code context and ordinance history
Uncodified ordinance relating to Chapter 59 (Zoning), of the Denver Revised Municipal Code, section 59-87 (b)(2)(c) and 59-87(d). In May 2017, the zoning code was revised and renumbered. The revised code can be found at https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/community-planning-and-development/zoning/denver-zoning-code.html (download pdf version, search for "animals" to find provisions relevant to beekeeping and keeping of other animals for agricultural purposes).