From the Holland Sentinel:
Holland city officials seem keen to beekeeping
By ANNETTE MANWELL
Posted Aug 07, 2013 @ 09:39 PM
The Holland City Council approved the first reading of a beekeeping ordinance. The second reading, a public hearing and final vote will take place at the city council’s next meeting.
The question of allowing beekeeping in the city first came up when Tom Volkema, a resident on Maple Avenue, discovered hives on his property. He asked the city council in March to consider changing the ordinance that addressed the keeping of animals in the city. The current ordinance allows only common household pets.
The Holland Planning Commission studied the question for several months and ultimately voted against it. The city council seems to disagree, however. Although the final vote is yet to come, comments from the council are generally positive about the hobby.
The council approved a version of the ordinance that did not limit the lot size of a beekeeper to more than 8,000 square feet, which has eliminated the possibility of beekeeping in the core neighborhoods in the city.
Volkema asked the city to reconsider the part of the ordinance that requires a $25 licensing fee and subsequent annual fee of $15. City staff agreed the fee was to cover administration costs for staff time.