Policy Summary

Regulates community gardens. Allows them in all zones, but permit is required. Permits are good for one year. Gardens may be no larger than one acre, and up to 3 on-site sale events are allowed (although an additional permit is required for these events).

Background Information

State Georgia
Jurisdiction Name Athens-Clarke
Jurisdiction Type County,
Population Size 50,000-200,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow; Get;
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?

Refers to "promoting the health, safety and general welfare." Sec. 9-1-2.

Environmental goal?

Economic goal?

Refers to "recognition of the changing needs and dynamic economy of a growing community" Sec. 9-1-2.

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"Pursuant to the 1983 Constitution of the State of Georgia, Article IX, Section II, Paragraph IV, the mayor and commission of Athens-Clarke County hereby enact into law the following zoning ordinance of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, for the purposes of promoting the health, safety and general welfare of the present and future inhabitants of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia..." Sec. 9-1-2

Includes definitions?

Chapter 9-2

Addresses implementation?

See chapter 9-4.

Enforcement provisions?

Revocation of permit (sec. 9-22-3) and punishable as prescribed in section 1-1-5 of the Athens-Clarke County Code Sec. 9-22-8.

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Title 9-Zoning and Development Standards, Article 1-Zoning, Chapter 9-15 General Regulations, Sec. 9-15-23 Community garden. History: Ord. of 2-4-2014, § 8.


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