As it responds to local, national and international changes, the county of Los Angeles is constantly evolving and developing new guidelines and ordinances to help protect its cities and its residents. In some cases, potential ordinances are nothing more than a rumor, while others are ones that the city is seriously considering. Two rumors that have been circulating involve the city of Los Angeles allowing for backyard beekeepers within city limits, while the other reports that residents of Beverly Hills will soon be no longer able to build swimming pools on their properties. While one rumor is true, the other is not.
Keeping Bees in the City of Los Angeles
If you are interested in keeping bees, you may soon be allowed to do it within the city of Los Angeles. While backyard beekeeping currently is not legal, the city is getting closer to legalizing the practice in response to the dropping number of bees as well as the rising popularity of urban farming. Recently, the LA City Council voted to have the City Attorney develop an ordinance that will make it legal for homeowners residing in neighborhoods zoned for single-family houses to keep bees in their backyards.
While the ordinance to allow backyard beekeeping in the city has experienced a great deal of support, there are also those who are concerned about the safety of such a practice. As such, the ordinance to be developed by the City Attorney will reportedly include strict regulations and rules regarding the practice. Among these rules would be guidelines regarding where the hives can be located on the property as well as what beekeepers will have to provide for the bees, including having a water source on the property so the bees will not feel the need to stray far from the property.
Several neighborhood groups are also pushing for additional guidelines to be included within the ordinance. For example, they are pushing for beekeepers to attend apiculture classes before they are allowed to keep bees in their backyards. They are also asking that beekeepers be required to carry insurance in case they are others are stung by the bees. Furthermore, they are pushing to have a registry of master beekeepers maintained so these beekeepers can be contacted if a swarm of bees needs to be removed.
Denying New Swimming Pools in Beverly Hills
While it is true that the city of Los Angeles is considering an ordinance that will allow city residents to keep bees in their backyards, there is no truth to the rumor that the city of Beverly Hills is putting a ban on the building of new swimming pools. Apparently, this rumor is spreading with such wildfire that residents of Beverly Hills are flooding the offices of pool builders and landscape designers with questions about the supposed pool ban.
While Beverly Hills did pass certain water restrictions that prevent residents from draining and refilling their pools unless there is a serious health or safety issue, there is absolutely no discussion about banning swimming pools in future builds. When building a new pool, however, the property owner is required to either save an equivalent amount of water somewhere else on the property or pay a fee toward the Beverly Hills water conservation fund.
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