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Beehives stir buzz at Bethlehem planning board

"I support the proposal but am not in support of the overly restrictive measures," Smolinsky said.

Bauer will be placing between 15,000 and 20,000 bees on her site if she goes along with the planning board's restrictions.

The members of the planning board took several individual votes on the many amendments to the beehive proposal before a final vote was decided.

Board member Howard Engel voted against the measure in its entirety.

"I don't feel it's a proper location so I don't support what's here," he said.

Planning board member Dan Odell said he believes the planning board conducted the proper research before decided to move forward with the proposal with approved restrictions.

"I think the proposal here strikes a balance, and I think I can support it," Odell said.

One of the reasons for the many restrictions, according to Mathusa, was because the majority of residents in Bauer's neighborhood feared having the hives placed next to their homes.

"The site is surrounded by people who are opposed to it," Mathusa said.

Bauer has time now to respond to the planning board's proposed changes to her site plan, and the board will review the modifications.

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