Defacto Land Use
- Subject: [cg] Defacto Land Use
- From: Adam36055@aol.com
- Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2003 16:15:33 EDT
You may also want to look at community gardens as a subsection of Parks and
Recreation land uses. It is under this classification that those gardens
that the City of New York wants (and those under the aegis of garden land
It is my guess that instead of opening up a whole bag of worms by
re-instituting agricultural uses in a city after having abolished them as
non-conforming old uses, many cities have decided to fit community gardens,
chickens, ducks, bees, tomatoes and all into the "Parks and Recreation"
cubbyhole. Thinking like a city's corporate counsel:
Imagine if you had condemned a farm by eminent domain in order to build
housing, etc. over 50 years ago by declaring the farm to be a "non-conforming
use." The can of worms that would open (as well as complex litigation) if
urban farming became a "conforming use" after all of those years would be
Thinking as that attorney, it would be far better to include community
gardens under "Parks and open green space."
Run this by someone in your University's law school who is really conversant
with your city and states land use regulations. It might be the easier way
<A HREF="http://www.clintoncommunitygarden.org/">Clinton Community Garden</A>
<< Subj: RE: [cg] Tell me your stories!
Date: 4/22/03 2:45:33 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: jverin@Pennhort.org (John Verin)
To: firstname.lastname@example.org (Diana Kanter), email@example.com
Give the mayor of Philly a call when your deal goes through. "Development"
is all that's on his mind.
Citywide Project Coordinator - Philadelphia Green
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
100 N. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
From: Diana Kanter [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2003 2:26 PM
Subject: [cg] Tell me your stories!
I used this listing service a few months ago to find
cities with policies for community gardening. Now I'm
looking for the history behind the policies. I need
your badly! It will go a long way in getting this
legislation passed for the City of Milwaukee,
Wisconsin that will make community gardens a permanent
Chp. 295-201. Definitions. 473. RAISING OF CROPS AND
LIVESTOCK means the growing of crops, including any
farm, orchard, COMMUNITY GARDEN (ADD) or other
establishment used for the growing of crops....etc,
etc. (Minutes from the Zoning Code Task Force)
My group and I have found several more to add to the
list. Here are the cities we have found policies for
in no particular order:
San Francisco, California
With your help we can make community gardens in
Milwaukee a permanent permitted use.
Thank your for all the previous help!
Thank you in advance for the all help I know I am
going to receive!
When we have finished our report, I will be happy to
share any information we have found and I haven't
forgotten those have already asked.
Thank you again, Diana Kanter
Urban Planning Graduate Student
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
(414) 915-5719 >>
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