Naperville City Council Considers Honeybee Regulations

How many honeybee hives are too many for Naperville backyards?

That was the question Council was faced with at their most recent meeting, where they considered an ordinance that would set limits and restrictions on honeybee hives.

The proposed ordinance discussed would limit the number of hives allowed in backyards to just two, and set other rules like proper notification to neighbors, signage, and fencing.

Many beekeepers who spoke at public forum, however, weren’t welcome to the change.

“I know it sounds counterintuitive to add 420,000 bees into an area, but those bees aren’t going to impact the ability or the amount of people being stung,” said Edward Bell, a local beekeeper.

Most council members agreed, saying they don’t necessarily see the need for regulations.

“I think we’re in a place we don’t need to be in, no pun intended with the bee, but I think the people should be allowed to undertake this activity, I don’t think it needs any regulation and I won’t be supporting any regulation,” said Councilman Kevin Coyne.

Mayor Steve Chirico did note that having a cap on beehives based on lot size and location isn’t a bad idea.

The topic will be further discussed and will come back before the council for a decision at a future meeting.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.

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