MPLS Public Meeting - Zoning Regulations for Commercial Growing
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Homegrown Minneapolis Public Meeting – Zoning Regulations for Commercial Growing
As part of the implementation of the Urban Agriculture Policy Plan that was adopted by the Minneapolis City Council in April (2011), a zoning code text amendment is in process. The Urban Agriculture Policy Plan examines urban agriculture as a land use in our city and contains a variety of recommendations about land use and zoning, land availability and economic development. For more information on the adopted plan, check out the project website at: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/cped/urban_ag_plan.asp.
You are invited to attend a discussion on zoning regulations for commercial growing (market gardens and urban farms) on Tuesday, August 2nd at 3 pm in Room 319, Minneapolis City Hall (350 S 5th Street).
The purpose of this discussion is to explore the following recommendations adopted in the UA Policy Plan:
§ Define market gardens, urban farms and evaluate the appropriate zoning districts for these uses. All urban agriculture zoning code text amendments would involve consultation with technical experts.
§ Allow market gardens in a variety of zoning districts. Allow urban farms in Industrial districts and some Commercial districts.
§ Set a maximum lot area and other performance standards for market gardens so the use fits into a neighborhood context. Establish standards for market gardens similar to or more stringent than those that have been established for community gardens. Allow market gardens to be located on rooftops and on the ground.
§ In districts typically associated with high density development such as in Downtown districts, Growth Centers, and Activity Centers, encourage gardens on rooftops or as part of development rather than on the ground as a single use.
§ Change the home occupation standards to allow growing as an outdoor operation.
The discussion on August 2nd will help inform the specific recommendations to amend the zoning code related to commercial growing. Please contact Aly Pennucci at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. It would also be helpful to let us know if you’ll be able to join this discussion.
More info: City Urban_Ag_Plan