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Ashland Council to Debate Bees and Critters Tonight

HoneybeeWith state of the art theatre and top flight dining and nightlife, many people who experience Ashland don’t get far enough from downtown to realize how many Ashland residents enjoy keeping bee hives and small livestock on their property. Depending on the size of lot you own, the Ashland City Council is taking a look at the standards for how many hives, birds, or small goats you can keep without disrupting the peace and rights of neighbors.

Bees and chickens are growing more popular on properties as local sustainability and local farming are gaining awareness. At tonight’s Council meeting staff will present a detailed list of proposed regulations pertaining to property size, number of hives, and animals allowed per 1,000 square feet. Some types of small goats are not allowed, some males are required to be neutered. What a price to pay to live in the City!

Some robust citizen discussion is anticipated and tonight is a continuation of this process that Council has been working on for some time. The meeting takes place at the Civic Center on East Main Street  beginning at 7pm and will televise live on RVTV Channel 9 and stream live on the RVTV website here. If you can’t catch it tonight it will be available on the City website on Wednesday.

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