Policy Summary

This law sets forth details that must be submitted to the Planning and Community Development Department prior to approval of a new community garden. Required details include, among other things, identification of a garden coordinator, site plans and operating standards (including tax and governance structure, hours of operation, maintenance, and security measures).

Background Information

State Montana
Jurisdiction Name Great Falls
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 50,000-200,000
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?

See references to: public health, safety, and welfare. §§;

Environmental goal?

See the following language "minimize environmental degradation," §

Economic goal?

See this language: "implement the City's adopted growth policy." §

Includes findings?

There are various findings stated at section, including the finding that "the use of land in the City has a direct bearing on the public health, safety, and welfare." §

Has a stated intent or purpose?

Purposes relate to regulating desired, incompatible, and appropriate land uses through zoning and to promote the public health, safety, and welfare. §

Includes definitions?

Appendix F.

Addresses implementation?

"The Planning and Community Development Department may require additional conditions be met for the protection of the community. The aforementioned information shall be kept on file in the Department. The group shall be responsible for providing the Department revised documents reflecting any significant or pertinent changes to operation or management of the garden." §

Enforcement provisions?

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Section is located in Title 17 - Land Development Code / Chapter 20 - Land Use / Article 6 - Special Standards for Principal Uses. History: Ord. No. 3068, § 1, 4-5-2011.


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