Policy Summary

This law allows community gardens in the City's "Community Residential Home, One to Six Residents" district and provides regulations for the same. Among other things, it allows selling produce under certain conditions and includes regulations to minimize potential adverse environmental impacts.

Background Information

State Florida
Jurisdiction Name St. Petersburg
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Expressly allows something
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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 reference to: fruits or vegetables. §

Environmental goal?

See references to the following: "environmental compliance" (§; " prevent any chemical pesticide, fertilizer or other garden waste from draining off of the property." (§

Economic goal?

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"Community gardens may create impacts which can be detrimental to the quality of life on adjacent properties. The purpose and intent of this section is to establish appropriate standards that allow for a community garden use, while mitigating any associated undesirable impacts. A community garden is a principal use that allows the growing, harvesting and in districts allowing retail sales, the incidental retail sale, of edible fruits or vegetables or other plant products intended for ingestion by neighboring residents, friends, owners, and the permittees of the owner for their consumption and enjoyment and for the consumption and enjoyment of others on a not-for-profit basis, except as expressly allowed herein." §16.50.085

Includes definitions?


Addresses implementation?

The roles and duties of the various review and decision-making bodies responsible for the administration of these regulations are generally set forth in § 16.80.040.

Enforcement provisions?

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Section 16.50.085. - Community Gardens is located in Chapter 16 - Land Development Regulations. History: Ord. No. 933-G, § 1(, 6-4-2009; Ord. No. 141-H, § 1, 11-24-2014.


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