A second attempt to allow more urban agriculture in Long Beach passed its first test Tuesday night when the City Council approved a request to the city attorney to create an ordinance amending the current law.
In March 2013, a draft was brought to the council to change rules for keeping chickens, goats and bees in residential areas. More work was done before a vote in July 2013, but the changes failed on a 4-3 vote, with two council members absent. The issue resurfaced, and four council members — Lena Gonzalez (First), Suja Lowenthal (Second), Daryl Supernaw (Fourth) and Dee Andrews (Sixth) — brought the idea back to the full council Tuesday.
In their letter to the rest of the council, the sponsors cited strides made to become a more livable city, including promoting healthy food choices, as the reason to reconsider the rules now.
“For Long Beach to allow residents to own up to four large breed dogs without regulating their living quarters, but not allow residents to own animals such as goats or chickens within acceptable parameters is inconsistent,” the letter says.
The motion passed unanimously.
In other business Tuesday, the council:
• Conducted a closed session to discuss negotiations with Plenary Edgemoor Civic Partners, LLC in relation to the proposed Civic Center project. No action was reported.
• Considered and approved drafting a resolution in support of comprehensive language reform.
• Accepted an in-kind donation from the Naples Island Garden Club for work on the Second Street and Naples Plaza medians.
• Approved several insurance policy purchases for properties in the city.
• Accepted a state workforce development grant of $5,387,129 to be administered by the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network.
• Adopted the ordinance adding a Proactive Rental Housing Inspection to the Municipal Code.