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This ordinance amends the Downtown and Urban Districts section of the Madison zoning code. The ordinance establishes design standards; establishes building material standards and use; lists all permitted and conditional uses, including allowing community and market gardening, and farmers market; establishes certain standards and procedures for the downtown core district, including design review and alterations to approved designs; and establishes standards and uses for zoning districts.
This ordinance updates the City's Land Use code governing urban agriculture uses, including: allowing urban farms and community gardens in all zones; allowing all residents to be able to sell food grown on their property; recognizing Farmer's markets, allowing them in more areas of Seattle; allowing dedicated food production on rooftop greenhouses with a 15 foot exemption to height limits in a variety of higher density zones; improving the number of chickens allowed per lot from three to eight, with additional chickens allowed for large lots associated with community gardens and urban farms; and prohibiting new roosters and sets boundaries for chicken coops, ten feet away from primary residential structures.
The ordinance allows for on-site sales by home gardens and community gardens, and for nonresidents to donate time helping with gardening activities; allows CSA subscribers to work on a CSA site and pick up their produce there; and establishes separate definitions for home gardens, community gardens and CSA farms.
This report lays out 29 priority goals of the Baltimore Sustainability Plan within seven theme chapters: Cleanliness, Pollution Prevention, Resource Conservation, Greening, Transportation, Education and Awareness, and Green Economy. Each of the 29 goals is accompanied by a set of recommended strategies. The Cleanliness chapter includes goals addressing litter, maintenance, and vacant lots, recognizing that the upkeep of a city acts as an indicator of its overall health. Goals in the Pollution Prevention chapter directly address public health with a focus on greenhouse gas emissions, air quality, water quality, hazardous materials, and health of indoor environments. The Resource Conservation chapter addresses the efficient use of energy, water, and materials. The Greening chapter underscores the importance of the City's living infrastructure with goals targeting trees, sustainable food systems, recreational space, and ecological health. Transportation goals offer ways to reduce dependence on automobiles through improving public transportation, making Baltimore more bicycle and pedestrian friendly, facilitating shared vehicle usage, improving transportation equity, and increasing funding for sustainable transportation. Goals in the Education & Awareness chapter address green schools, youth involvement, community environmental awareness, and informational resources. The final chapter, Green Economy, articulates goals around creating and training for green jobs, supporting green and local business, and increasing Baltimore's green profile nationally.
An ordinance which clarifies San Francisco's urban agriculture laws. The ordinance clarifies where urban food gardens may be located in the city, and what type of gardens are permitted. Under the law, gardens of less than one acre are permitted in all zoning districts of the city, and gardens of more than one acre (Large scale urban agriculture) are only permitted in certain zones. The ordinance clarifies what types of fences and machinery are permitted in any size garden. The ordinance also allows gardeners to sell the produce from their gardens, but at the garden site and off site.
This ordinance establishes an Urban Agriculture Program for the City and County of San Francisco and expands the Urban Agriculture Ordinance already enacted in the City. The Program coordinates urban agriculture efforts with the multiple public agencies involved in urban agriculture and promotes comprehensive programs, policies, and strategies to enhance and increase urban agriculture in San Francisco. As authorized by the ordinance, the program will advocate for state and federal funding and record and publicly disclose program data. Additionally, the Mayor and City Administrator are tasked with development of an urban agriculture strategic plan which includes data on urban agriculture in San Francisco including funding, list of all local programs, counts of active and inactive site coordinators, count of waiting lists and a needs assessment of resident, organization, and business needs.
This ordinance expands the size limit on community gardens to 25,000 square feet; relaxes fencing and parking requirements on larger commercial urban farms in order to hold down overhead costs for entrepreneurs and community organizations that launch and maintain these enterprises; allows for hydroponic and aquaponic systems and keeping honey bees under set conditions; and creates green jobs and provide fresh produce in communities.