This law allows community gardens in public places with a permit, and sets standards and regulations for the same. Specific requirements address site planning, volunteers, maintenance, equipment use, composting, signage, fencing, etc. Structures such as storage sheds, greenhouses, and raised beds are allowed.
This policy may correspond to diet-related strategies identified by the County Health Rankings’ What Works for Health tool, including:
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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.
See reference to "public health, safety and welfare" (§40-62).
See reference to the following: rain barrel, compost bins, "minimize water, any chemical pesticide, fertilizer or other garden waste" (§40-62(c)), environmental impact (§40-60).
"Community gardens may be established to allow residents and their neighbors to cultivate fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, or herbs for their consumption and enjoyment and for the consumption and enjoyment by friends and relatives without creating adverse environmental impact or land use incompatibilities." § 40-60.
"The garden coordinator shall prepare plans and details of the garden layout and any community garden structures for review and approval by the director of public works. Some of these reviews will require permits although permitting fees will be waived for city-owned properties." § 40-62(c)(2)(e).
Penalties include: "(1) For city-owned property, the garden coordinator will not be allowed to continue in this role during next the renewal, if city has had to step in to remedy violations twice before. (2) For privately-owned property, the city will abate the violations and place a lien on the property in accordance with the city's nuisance abatement procedures." § 40-63.
Sections 40-60 to 40-63 are located in Chapter 40 - Streets, Sidewalks and Other Public Places / Article V. - Community Gardens. History: Ord. No. 2009-3413, § 1, 10-13-09.
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