Policy Summary

These provision set standards for community gardens and expressly allows community gardens in all zoning districts, including as a principal use for vacant lots. They require community gardens to be registered annually. Community gardens may only grow plants or produce. The regulations do not allow surplus produce/items to be sold wholesale or on-site, except through an otherwise permitted garage sale.

Background Information

State Florida
Jurisdiction Name New Port Richey
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 5,000-50,000
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?

Health-related goal?

Defines community gardens as something that "provides access to fresh produce and plants as well as access to satisfying labor, neighborhood improvement, sense of community and connection to the environment." §

Environmental goal?

See the following language: "connection to the environment" (§; "management practices to minimize nutrient runoff and negative stormwater impacts"(§

Economic goal?

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"The purpose and intent of this section is to establish appropriate standards for community gardens on private property, while mitigating any associated undesirable impacts." §

Includes definitions?


Addresses implementation?

Requires community gardens to be registered annually and sets forth the process for registration. §

Enforcement provisions?

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

These sections are located in Appendix A - Land Development Code/ Chapter 21. - Community Gardens. History: Ord. No. 2012-1988, §§ 1, 2, 2-19-2013.


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