He said urban agriculture is a growing trend.
"We wanted to be ahead of the curve," he said in an interview before the meeting.
Some commission members were worried about potential safety hazards of beekeeping in a populated area. Plagemann wasn't concerned.
He said honeybees -- the type that would be permitted under the proposed ordinance -- don't sting unless threatened, and only swarm when looking for a new hive. He also said the bees tend to fly upwards before flying away from the hive, which would reduce the impact a hive would have on the owner's neighbors.
Hens also have minimal impact on neighboring residences, Plagemann said.
Davis and Plagemann both said that feedback from Charleston residents has been overwhelmingly positive.
The ordinance will now go to the Charleston City Council for approval.
Contact writer Matt Murphy at Matt.Mur...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4817.
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