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City of Torrance Barlett Center Chicken and Bees Informational Meeting

The City of Torrance is moving into community outreach segment of their review of allowing the keeping of bees and chickens, and I would like to enlist your help if possible. Right now there are two events scheduled that we would need to have some knowledgeable chicken and beekeepers attend. The first is a meeting of the Old Torrance Homeowners’ Association on March 19 at 7:00 PM in the Bartlett Center, Torrance. For this meeting the Environmental Quality staff will do a brief presentation regarding the proposed changes in the municipal code, and then would like to have some information presented by beekeepers and chicken owners. The City believes that when the residents can learn from people who are actively involved, they will be better able to make an informed decision about the code changes. The second event, and perhaps the most important, is their environmental fair which is set for June 7 from 10 to 2 at the City Yard in Torrance. The City is hoping that we can provide both a beekeeper booth and a chicken booth, and they will use the event to educate and get feedback to present to the Commission and Council. Please let me know if any of you group members would be willing to help us with these events. Thank you!

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  • emily

    I was so glad to be able to attend the meeting last night. The straw poll vote at the end of the meeting (overwhelmingly pro-chicken) was very encouraging!!

    Thanks so much to Tamlynn for the great presentation to inform the group about backyard chickens!

    1 · March 20, 2014

    • Brandon L.

      It was nice meeting you last night Emily. I agree with you. Straw votes should be a given for an event like this.

      March 20, 2014

    • emily

      Nice meeting you too

      March 25, 2014

  • annie

    The meeting was great, but I am thinking the city is not too bee friendly, yet. We just got cited for for keeping a bird box that got invaded by bees 20 feet in the tree. Offices LaPlant gave us a citation, because we had a swarm in the front of the house that the Bee removal company was trying to remove, so someone called animal control. Officer LaPlant said that the swarm box was ok, but the "bee" box 20 feet in the tree was not. Very discouraged by the city action. The Bee removal company will come and take the "bee" box away. Sad day in Torrance

    March 21, 2014

  • Tamlynn

    Thank you, it was a great meeting! I encourage everyone to read our city's code and be informed about what it actually says, so we can be prepared to give correct information. http://www.codepublishing.com/ca/torrance/mobile/?pg=Torrance04/Torrance04.html

    March 20, 2014

  • Sherry R.

    Tamlynn, you did a FANTASTIC job in presenting last night! And I thank you!! I have a warm and fuzzy feeling that we will get the ordinance changed! We will have bees and chickens, I'm almost sure! Thank you also to all of you who also showed up last night! I truly appreciate your support! And, yes, the straw vote, I believe, indicated the heartbeat of our community. Now let's focus on setting up the bee and chicken booths at the environmental fair in June and drive this thing home!

    March 20, 2014

  • Jordan W.

    Good to see so much support for Chickens and Bees!! I'm an advocate of responsible urban farming while respecting neighbors and educating the community.

    1 · March 20, 2014

  • emily

    fantastic! Thanks Tamlynn, I'll be there!

    March 19, 2014

  • Tamlynn

    Emily, my understanding is that cookies will be served starting at 7, with the meeting at 7:30.

    1 · March 18, 2014

  • emily

    Quick question - This posting lists the start time at 7, but the Daily Breeze article lists 7:30 as the start time. Which is correct?

    Thanks!! - Emily

    March 18, 2014

  • Jim M.

    I am sorry I won't be able to make the meeting tomorrow. I was just appointed to the Environmental Quality and Energy Conservation Commission in January 2014 and I would have liked to hear experiences and thoughts on the proposed municipal code changes from actual chicken and beekeepers. I think it is important for Torrance residents to have the knowledge required to make informed decisions so thank you for providing it. I am planning to be at the environmental fair so hope to see some of you then. If you have any questions for me, please feel free to contact me at jim.f.monty at gmail.com.

    March 18, 2014

  • Sherry R.

    Thanks to all of you who've read my post! This is a giant step toward passing the ordinance to keep chickens and bees in Torrance. I really appreciate all who can attend on March 19, 2014.

    March 13, 2014

  • Brandon L.

    Would love to push more for bees and chickens in my town. This will be my first time joining this group.

    March 12, 2014

  • Sherry R.

    cont'd from my last post-So OTNA has invited Torrance City Staff to discuss proposals which would change the Municipal Code to allow backyard beekeeping & chicken raising (no roosters) in residential areas. Code changes could entail a handful of restrictions including lot size, setbacks & number of chickens or hives. Public opinion & feedback is wanted regarding the possibility of making these changes & what kind of restrictions the community feels would be appropriate. link to an article that appeared in the Daily Breeze, yesterday regarding the bees and hens.

    http://www.dailybreeze.com/government-and-politics/20140309/torrance-abuzz-about-keeping-bees-and-chickens-in-backyards
    Time: 7:00 PM - Refreshments (Torrance Bakery Cookies), 7:30 PM - Meeting
    Prizes: By attending the meeting, you will have the opportunity to win gift certificates to local restaurants and a Centennial Collection DVD Set

    Debbie Hays
    Community Relations, OTNA
    www.OldTorranceNeighbors.org"

    March 11, 2014

  • Sherry R.

    How kind of you! They are trying to educate people around the city of what is being proposed & to give residents a chance to ask questions & learn more about what things would be like were the ordinance to pass. Here is what I've received from the City of Torrance regarding the meeting. contact me if you can attend or know of someone who is an expert in answering chicken questions [masked]
    "forwarding the information regarding next week’s homeowner’s meeting. Were you able to find anyone available to attend?
    Linda Cessna
    Deputy Community Development Director
    (310)[masked]
    [masked]
    You're invited to come Get the Buzz on Backyard Bees & Chickens March 19 at the OTNA Meeting. The City of Torrance is exploring ways to allow "urban farming" in the City -- public input is wanted! <cont'd below>

    March 11, 2014

  • Tamlynn

    I would be happy to present info or talk about my experience raising city chickens. Any idea what they are specifically looking for?

    March 11, 2014

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