Policy Summary

Provides supplemental use standards for urban agriculture, meaning community gardens and urban farms. Requires an environmental assessment for soil contaminants, addresses permitted structures for urban farms (which include greenhouses, hoophouses, cold frames, and similar structures; sheds, farm stands, etc.); and allows sale of produce from community gardens on or off-site with a special events permit, and for urban farms (no additional permit needed). Also allows for urban farms to keep up to 30 chickens (but prohibits other livestock).

Background Information

State Florida
Jurisdiction Name Stuart
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 5,000-50,000
Legal Strategies
  • Creates an exemption
  • 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?

"promote the health" (sec. 2.06.08(A)).

Environmental goal?

Promote environmental benefits (sec. 2.06.08(A)); local production of food primarily for sale to local sellers and costumers residing or doing business in Martin County (sec. 2.06.08(A)).

Economic goal?

Promote economic benefits (sec. 2.06.08(A).)

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"to promote local food production for local consumption and promote the health, environmental and economic benefits of having such uses" (sec. 2.06.08(A)).

Includes definitions?

"Urban farms and community gardens are types of urban agriculture. Urban farms promote the local production of food primarily for sale to local sellers and consumers residing or doing business in Martin County, Florida. Community gardens promote the local production of food primarily for use and consumption by the individuals directly involved in the food production." Sec. 2.06.08(A).

Addresses implementation?

Describes what information must be included in applications for administrative approval of an urban farm or community garden (sec. 2.06.08(D)).

Enforcement provisions?

A fine of $500 for any first violation of building code and $1,000 for any second violation of building code (sec. 8.06.02).

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Land Development Code, chapter 2-Zoning districts uses allowed, density, intensity; section 2.06.00 - supplemental use standards; § 2.06.08-urban agriculture


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