Re: City Council Question
My opinion is that 'lot size' is not relevant, but a requirement that hives be located a minimum 'set-back' distance from the property line is relevant.
Of course, whatever minimum distance is set as the standard 'set-back' will have a bigger impact on placing hives on small lots than larger lots. Depending on the set-back required, on some smaller lots (or odd shaped lots) it may not be possible to legally locate hives.
Set-backs are common in zoning issues. Where I am there are required set-backs from property lines for placement of a residence, and also for any part of a septic drain field. Outbuildings in a R-1 (residential) zone also have a setback, but barns in an A-1 (farm) zoned property have no required setback.
--- Practical reality trumps philosophy!