Fayetteville City Council Reviews Urban Agriculture Laws

Final Vote On More Farm Animals, Residential Sales Set For Tuesday

Posted: March 17, 2014 at 6 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO ANDY SHUPE Honey bees enter and exit hives Don Steinkraus and his students operate for research Friday, March 14, 2014, at the university's agriculture complex in Fayetteville.

Residents will have one more chance Tuesday to weigh in on a set of proposed "urban agriculture" ordinances.


Goats, Bees And Fowl

A set of proposed “urban agriculture” ordinances would allow goats, beehives and more chickens and ducks in residential areas.

Chicken coops would have to provide at least 3 square feet of living space for each fowl. The coops would have to be kept in a securely fenced yard at least 25 feet from any residential structures on an adjacent lot.

Goats would have to be kept in a securely fenced side or backyard with a shelter that provides at least 5 square feet of living space for each goat. The shelter would have to be set back at least 50 feet from neighboring residences.

Beehives would have to be kept at least 20 feet from an adjacent securely fenced property line and at least 100 feet from an unfenced property line next door.

The following number of chickens, goats and beehives would be allowed depending on the size of someone’s property:


8,000 square feet60*3

10,900 square feet (1/4 acre)82*4

14,500 square feet (1/3 acre)112*4

21,800 square feet (1/2 acre)173*4

25,000 square feet203*4

Source: City Of Fayetteville

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