Plus you get furits and wine if he does that too. (hickup)
Maybe I should move to Yakima and put my bees on hops...I'm not much of a wine drinker. 8^) I wonder if the honey would taste like an IPA.
Along with everyone else's suggestions, I would also push to get rid of that city code. At least try to get it changed.
I've given this some thought as I'd like to change the code for keeping chickens, too. Aside from lot size requirements, we're required to keep coops no closer than 20' from the property line, which puts the coop in the middle of my back yard.
I've an acquaintance who's kept bees for 15 years who lives ten miles from me in Moscow, ID, who obviously doesn't have the same codes I do in Pullman, WA. He's got a privacy fence, too, but his hives are maybe 15' from his neighbor's side door, which is frequently used. Nary a problem in all those years. He was actually the reason I felt comfortable putting my hives where they are, but reading all the posts here and elsewhere about grumpy bees stinging people while mowing and attacking people as they come through the back door make me nervous...not for me and mine so much as my neighbor. I do have to say, though, that the entrance to both of my hives is approx. 4' from my grass, and I run the mower right in front of both hives. I've never had a problem...so maybe I just shouldn't worry.