Policy Summary

This law establishes urban garden districts. These districts include community gardens (which may have “occasional sales of items” grown on-site) and market gardens that conduct on-site sales. It also addresses main and accessory uses, including uses of hoop houses, greenhouses, cold frames, and other season extension structures; bike racks; tool sheds; composting toilets; parking; walkways; and seasonal farm stands.

Background Information

State Ohio
Jurisdiction Name Cleveland
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
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?

Community health (§ 336.01).

Environmental goal?

Environmental enhancement; Preservation of green space. (§ 336.01)

Economic goal?

Garden-related job training. (§ 336.01)

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"The 'Urban Garden District' is hereby established as part of the Zoning Code to ensure that urban garden areas are appropriately located and protected to meet needs for local food production, community health, community education, garden-related job training, environmental enhancement, preservation of green space, and community enjoyment on sites for which urban gardens represent the highest and best use for the community." Sec. 336.01.

Includes definitions?

§ 336.02. See also Chapter 325.

Addresses implementation?

"The Board shall adopt such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry into effect the provisions of this Zoning Code…." (Sec. 329.02(b)).

Enforcement provisions?

See sections 327.03 and 327.99 for remedies and penalties for noncompliance with the zoning code.

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Part IIIB Land Use Code - Zoning Code; Title VII Zoning Code; Chapter 336 Urban Garden District. History: Ordinance No. 208-07 (2007); passed 3-5-07, effective 3-9-07.


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