Policy Summary

Provides use standards for urban agricultural uses. Allows for backyard, private gardens; but community gardens must be operated by at least three families or a homeowners' association. On-site sales/farmstands are not allowed, but produce may be sold off-site, including to restaurants or grocery stores.

Background Information

State North Carolina
Jurisdiction Name Fuquay-Varina
Jurisdiction Type Town/Township,
Population Size 5,000-50,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
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?

"promote and protect the public health, safety and the general welfare of the citizens " (§ 9-1004).

Environmental goal?

"Prevent or minimize adverse impacts on environmentally sensitive areas, and protect natural resources, water quality, floodplains, wetlands and steep slopes related to impacts of development and transportation." § 9-1004(g).

Economic goal?

"Maintaining economic resilience, by attracting businesses and a variety of residential choices. Creating a friendly environment that involves communication, efficiency and collaboration that creates a partnership between government, citizens, property owners and developers/builders to sustain existing development and encourage new development." § 9-1004(c ).

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"the purpose of the Land Development Ordinance is to promote and protect the public health, safety and the general welfare of the citizens of the Town of Fuquay-Varina and its extraterritorial jurisdiction" (sec. § 9-1004).

Includes definitions?

Addresses implementation?

The powers and duties of the town board of commissioners to implement and execute the purposes of the Land Development Ordinance is specified in § 9-1751.

Enforcement provisions?

Penalties include: permit revocation; disapproval of subsequent applications; stop work orders; civil penalty in an amount not more than $500.00 but greater than $50.00 for each day the violation continues; criminal penalty not more than $500.00 but greater than $50.00 (sec. § 9-1856).

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Part 9-land development ordinance, art. F - use regulations, § 9-1255- use standards; subpart b- Agriculture & animal-related uses; subpart 10--urban agriculture.


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