Beekeeping provision dooms animal ordinance revision in Henry County

Henry County commissioners failed to pass a proposed amendment to the animal control ordinance containing a beekeeping provision.

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Henry County commissioners failed to pass a proposed amendment to the animal control ordinance containing a beekeeping provision.

A proposed revision of Henry County’s animal control ordinance failed to pass at the Feb. 4 regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners.

The proposed changes included several new measures regarding restraint and handling of dogs outside the owner’s property and/or classified as dangerous or vicious, but the bulk of the discussion centered on proposed guidelines for residential beekeeping, which multiple commissioners said they could not approve of in subdivisions. County officials said the suggested quarter-acre lot minimum for recreation beekeeping is in line with various municipalities around the metro Atlanta area.

Some commissioners noted that they would like to see the issue studied more and possibly brought back to the board in the future.