Policy Summary

This policy sets out design objectives for landscaping and planting plans that include environmental measures and promoting local food systems through the use of edible landscaping where appropriate.

Background Information

State Florida
Jurisdiction Name Alachua County
Jurisdiction Type County,
Population Size 50,000-200,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow;
Evidence for Health

This policy may correspond to diet-related strategies identified by the County Health Rankings’ What Works for Health tool, including:

For research on the potential effectiveness, please review the category links above.

We understand that this information is not comprehensive. It also does not include other important forms of evidence such as community members’ lived experiences and practice-based evidence.

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Health-related goal?

The policy is located in the Unified Land Development Code, which has a stated purpose to "promot[e] the public health ...of the residents and property owners of Alachua County..." § 400.02.

Environmental goal?

See references in the law to "preservation of the natural environment" and "promote a reduction in stormwater pollution." §§ 407.41(b),(g).

Economic goal?

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

The purpose of the Unified Land Development Code is to "promot[e] the public health, safety and general welfare of the residents and property owners of Alachua County, and to encourage the orderly, harmonious and judicious use of land, consistent with the goals, policies and strategies of the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan." § 400.02

Includes definitions?

§ 410

Addresses implementation?

"No final certificate of occupancy shall be issued until the county has granted final approval and acceptance of the installed landscape as well as the protection of existing native vegetation." § 407.49.

Enforcement provisions?

Violations of the Unified Land Development Code are subject to remedies and penalites in Sec. 409.04.

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

This policy is located in Alachua County, Florida Code of Ordinances, Part III Unified Development Code, Title 40 Land Development Regulations, Chapter 407 General Development Standards, Article IV Landscaping. History: Ord. No. 05-10, § 2, 12-8-05; Ord. No. 12-09, § 2(Exh. A), 10-9-12; Ord. No. 2018-23 , § 2(Exh. A), 10-9-18.


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