Policy Summary

These sections require appointment of a "Community Garden Coordinator" and set forth qualifications for and duties of that position. They also provide regulations regarding operation of and the permitting process for use of city property for community gardens. Defines community gardens to included growing of plants, flowers, etc. for non-commercial purposes, and indicates that produce and items may not be sold for money.

Background Information

State Virginia
Jurisdiction Name Richmond
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Expressly allows something
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: "an improved quality of life" and " a healthy environment" (§ 8-394).

Environmental goal?

See reference to the following "healthy environment." §8-394. It is unclear whether this relates to the health of the natural environment or relates to health.

Economic goal?

See reference to "economic development and job creation." § 8-394.

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"The purpose of this division is to promote an improved quality of life, a healthy environment, economic development and job creation for residents of the City through urban agriculture." § 8-394.

Includes definitions?

§ 8-395.

Addresses implementation?

"The Community Garden Coordinator shall maintain a list of City property designated by the Council for use as Community Gardens for review and inspection by the public. The Community Garden Coordinator is authorized to issue permits, revocable at will for any reason, upon due notice, by either the City or the permittee, to permittees for the annual use of City property for a period not to exceed 12 months from the date of any such issuance, for the purpose of operating a Community Garden." (§8-396(C)); "The Chief Administrative Officer may issue, modify and enforce any rules, regulations or guidelines, consistent with this division and other applicable law, necessary to carry out the requirements and purposes of this division." (§ 8-397).

Enforcement provisions?

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Additional staffing may be required: "The Chief Administrative Officer shall appoint a Community Garden Coordinator, who may be a City employee with other duties." §8-396(a).

Code context and ordinance history

Sections 8-394 to -401 are located in Chapter 8 - City-Owned Real Estate / Article VIII. - Use of Public Grounds, Parks, Playfields AND Playgrounds / Division 5. - Community Gardens. History: Ord. No. 2011-50-45, § 1, 3-28-2011.


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