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Are bees allowed? Per Zoning.

Yes, in A Agricultural District. Apiculture is called out in definition of Agriculture. City code is located at: http://www.cityofcresco.com/ordinances.html

Ch 165 Zoning Regulations 165.01 Definitions

  1. “Agriculture” means the use of land for agricultural purposes, including animal husbandry, apiculture, dairying, farming, floriculture, forestry, groves, horticulture, orchards, poultry husbandry, ranching, and the necessary accessory uses for packing, treating or storing the produce; however, the operation of the accessory uses shall be subordinate to that of the normal agriculture activities. …
  2. “Farm” means an area comprising ten (10) acres or more which is used for agriculture.

No, in Residential Districts. Agricultural crops are a permitted use for these Districts but do not include honey per interpretation.

If a nuisance was called: Valid if situation meets definition of Nuisance or violates Zoning Code.

50.01   DEFINITION OF NUISANCE.  Whatever is injurious to health, indecent, or unreasonably offensive to the senses, or an obstruction to the free use of property so as essentially to interfere unreasonably with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property is a nuisance.

Additional notes: Honey bees do not fit the City’s definition of Livestock.

Contact: Rod Freidhof

Department: Public Works

Title: Public Works Director

Email: pwd@iowatelecom.net

Phone: 563-547-3101

County: Howard