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Nicholas Weaver has been raising honeybees at his Cumming, Georgia home since he was 13 years old. When he first started the hobby, he researched the legalities of beekeeping in the area and could not find any prohibitions regarding honeybees. Over time, Weaver’s beekeeping became so popular within the community, that neighbors began to ask him to move his honeybees to their yards on occassion to help with the pollination of their landscaping and gardens.

Despite the fact that Nicholas has been a thriving and popular backyard beekeeper for the past 13 years, Weaver recently had a complaint filed against him through the Code Enforcement Office.  He was told he would have to remove his bees from the property because they are a violation of the county zoning code. The Planning and Development Director of the Forsyth County Planning and Zoning Department now has the power to make a determination as to whether or not being a backyard beekeeper in a residential area will be permitted. His determination will affect most of the backyard beekeepers, and their honeybees, in Forsyth County.

The majority of honeybees in Forsyth County and throughout Georgia are kept in residential areas by backyard beekeepers. Backyard beekeeping is a sustainable way to help the honeybees, which are currently dying off from Colony Collapse Disorder. Because honeybees pollinate a full one-third of the food we eat, backyard beekeeping also boosts local food security. We believe having an ordinance that specifically allows backyard beekeepers to keep honeybees in areas zoned residential is critically important to the survival of the European honeybee.

Considering the plight of the honey bee, and the benefits they provide, it should not be made more difficult or even illegal to keep honeybees in your backyard. Please sign this petition urging Planning and Zoning Director Tom Brown to allow Weaver to keep his bees on his property and to change the Unified Development Code to allow for backyard beekeeping.

Letter to
Planning and Zoning Director, Forsyth County Tom Brown
Forsyth County Planning Commission Matt Murphy
Secretary, Forsyth County Zoning Board of Appeals Debra Bradley
and 13 others
Forsyth County Board of Commissioners Jim Boff
Forsyth County Zoning Board of Appeals Jim Kinsey
Vice Chairman, Forsyth County Board of Commissioners Patrick B. Bell
Forsyth County Board of Commissioners Todd Levent
Forsyth County Zoning Board of Appeals H. Craig Nolen
Forsyth County Planning Commission Jim Kelleher
Chairman, Forsyth County Board of Commissioners Brian R. Tam
Chair, Forsyth County Planning Commission Pam Livesay
Secretary, Forsyth County Board of Commissioners R.J. (Pete) Amos
Vice Chairman, Forsyth County Zoning Board of Appeals Fred Kerr
Forsyth County Planning Commission Dr. Joe S. Moses
Secretary, Forsyth County Planning Commission Pam Bowman
Forsyth County Zoning Board of Appeals Jack Shoemake
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Forsyth County Georgia Commissioners Planning and Development.

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Allow homeowners to keep honeybees on residential property.

The majority of honeybees in Forsyth County and all of Georgia counties are kept in residential areas by "backyard beekeepers". Back yard beekeeping is a sustainable way to keep and help the honeybees. We believe having an ordinance that specifically allows backyard beekeepers to keep honeybees in areas zoned residential is critically important to the survival of the European honeybee.

At this time, one beekeeper in Forsyth County, Nicholas Weaver, has been cited with a violation notice for having honeybees on his R2R property, located within in a residential neighborhood. The Zoning Board of Appeals, County Commissioners, and the Planning and Development Director of the Forsyth County Planning and Zoning Department now have the power to make a determination as to whether or not being a backyard beekeeper in a residential area will be permitted. Their determination will affect most of the backyard beekeepers, and their honeybees, in Forsyth County."

Considering the plight of the honeybee, and the benefits they provide, we believe it should not be made more difficult or even illegal to keep honeybees in your backyard. Please allow Nicholas Weaver to keep his bees on his property and change the Unified Development Code to allow for backyard beekeeping in residential properties throughout Forsyth County.


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Sincerely,