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An ordinance amendment that will allow for the keeping of bees and chickens on single family residential lots in the city went before the City Council for its first reading last night, (July 27, 2015).
This ordinance was passed on a 5-2 vote, and will now be heard by the City Council for its second reading on Monday, Aug. 10.
If approved at the second reading, the new ordinance will take effect 90 days later.
Note: It will not be legal to keep chickens or bees until the new ordinance takes effect.
If the ordinance is approved as currently written, most single family residential properties will be allowed up to two beehives and six chickens with an approved permit from the city, subject to the regulations and limitations contained in the ordinance.
If the new ordinance passes, homeowners associations (HOAs) may still restrict or prohibit the keeping of bees and/or chickens through their covenants. Families located in covenant-controlled communities may not be allowed to participate.
Get background information on the keeping of bees and chickens within the city
For further information, look for the agenda memo that will soon be posted on the City Council agenda webpage.
Westminster has recently received several inquiries as to whether we are a “Sanctuary City.”
A sanctuary city is a name given to a city in the United States that follows certain procedures that shelter illegal immigrants.
Several web sites have incorrectly listed the City of Westminster, Colorado as a “Sanctuary City.” Westminster is NOT a “Sanctuary City.” The city has never taken any action to be a sanctuary city. In fact, the city complies with all applicable federal and state immigration laws.
This is not an exhaustive list, but merely a few ways in which the city complies with federal and state immigration laws:
1. The city confirms the lawful presence of all employees.
2. The city follows state law (C.R.S. 8-17.5-102, et seq.) in its contracting for services by incorporation of this provision excerpted below in its contracts: “…Consultant shall not knowingly employ or contract with an illegal alien to perform work under this Agreement. In addition, Consultant shall not enter into a contract with a subcontractor that fails to certify to the Consultant that the subcontractor shall not knowingly employ or contract with an illegal alien to perform work under this Agreement…”
3. When someone is arrested whom the Westminster Police Department has reason to believe is an illegal alien, it is designated on their paperwork which, accompanies them to the county jail. The police are also cooperative with any federal agency they may work with on any case.
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The City of Westminster will no longer host a drug take back day. We are providing a link to information and locations where you can drop off medications to dispose of them in a safe manner.