Policy Summary

This law establishes design and use standards for community gardens. Among other things, it specifically allows sale of produce grown on-site and requires community gardens to be designed to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements without the use of retaining walls that exceed three feet (3') in height.

Background Information

State Texas
Jurisdiction Name Galveston
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 50,000-200,000
Legal Strategies
  • Expressly allows something
  • 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?

See reference to Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. § 2.317(B)(4).

Health-related goal?

Environmental goal?

See reference to "sensitive habitat." §2.317.

Economic goal?

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"Purpose is to establish uses that are permitted in each zoning district; uses that may be appropriate in one or more district, subject criteria in the regulations; and to establish a process to determine whether additional standards may be appropriate for a specific site"" § 2.101. "

Includes definitions?

§ 14.103.

Addresses implementation?

The code generally describes the roles and duties of the various review and decision-making bodies responsible for the administration of these regulations. Art. 12. It also addresses substantive and procedural permitting requirements. Art. 13.

Enforcement provisions?

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

"Section 2.317 - Community Garden is located in Land Development Regulations of 2015 - City of Galveston, Texas, Appendix A - Land Development Regulations, Article 2. - Uses and Supplemental Standards, Division 2.300 - Standards for Limited and Specific Uses. History: Ord. No. 15-019, § 2, 3-5-15."


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