Good morning, and Happy Easter!
My wife and I are going to be applying to our County Zoning Board for a special use permit to allow us to keep our bees (2 hives) on our large lot that is currently zoned for residential use. We are surrounded by city property, within 200' on all sides, and the city does allow beekeeping, with no restrictions, on city property zoned residential.
We feel we have a good case to allow the special use permit, but we wanted to draw on the vast collective knowledge of the more experienced Beekeepers on this forum for advice. What we would like to know is if anyone here as went through such a process in the past?
We are active members of our local Beekeeping Organization, and member of the Illinois State Beekeepers Association. I am sure we can get the support of many of our local Beekeepers to present sound evidence at the public hearing, which will be held on our property. We have been advised by several "politically connected" folks in our area that we should indeed proceed with this permit application, as they feel it will be granted.
This all came about because of one excessively meddling neighbor, who's hobby is, frankly, drinking to excess and causing problems for others. We discussed our proposal to keep bees with said neighbor, and he exhibited no problems, then proceeded to report us to the county. (We were misinformed by the County last fall that beekeeping was allowed on our property, but now they demand a special use permit.....go figure!)
Thank you very much for any advice or suggestion which will help us reach a postitive outcome in this matter. Also, thank you to Bee Source for providing a valuable resource for Beekeepers everywhere!
Kevin & Angie