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Re: community_garden digest, Vol 1 #573 - 2 msgs


Regarding the Seattle Community Garden program.  The P-Patches mentioned in this
message have more than  doubled since the plan was approved by the City.  Apparently,
the 20-year plan is working. We still have some opposition from property owners and
rare council members, but overall, the P-Patch plan has been a resounding success.
After all, rather than having an eyesore and public health citations, or a parking lot
that requires some maintenace,  what property owner could resist the opportunity to
have their property maintained by someone else,. made beautiful, and get some in-pocket
money in the process?  What I would like to see in the future are property owners who,
instead of selling their fallow property for a profit, recognize that their ability to
maintain it is impossible and relinquish it, after their demise, to the neighborhood in
which the property is, to maintain a garden, and during their lifetime let it be used
for something other than a dumping ground - i.e. a community garden with themselves
cited as the open hearted individuals who made it all possible.  What a mitzvah that
would be.

Katherine Y. Ness

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> Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2001 20:04:16 -0500
> From: Steve and Cara M Graves <junebug2321@juno.com>
> Subject: [cg] peace lilly
>
> I have a beautiful peace lilly that I received as a gift from my father.
> I've had the plant for about 6 weeks.  I've noticed that the flowers are
> starting to turn thin and brown.  I am getting new stem and flower
> growth, so I don't think I've killed it completely....am I over-watering?
>  It is located in a place which receives filtered sun.  Any help you may
> give would be greatly appreciated.
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> From: "Anna Wasescha" <ariel@tc.umn.edu>
> To: <community_garden@mallorn.com>
> Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2001 19:38:00 -0600
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> Subject: [cg] policies, ordinances and other measures to protect green space
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> Here is a set of examples of how different cities around the country =
> have taken up the battle of securing and protecting open green space and =
> gardens.  Thanks to Lenny Librizzi for collecting this information and =
> sending it to me for circulation to the ACGA listserve.  Here it goes:
>
> OPEN SPACE AND COMMUNITY GARDEN POLICIES,
> ZONING AND  PLANNING FROM OTHER CITIES
>
> Information compiled by Lenny Librizzi for the GreenThumb Grow Together =
> Workshop
> Lessons From Community Gardening Programs In Other Cities   March 20, =
> 1999
>
> There are notable examples of comprehensive plans, zoning regulations, =
> open space policies and goals from other cities=20
> that could be modeled by New York City in developing community garden =
> policies and long term protections. The=20
> examples that are included are a resolution and goals from the =
> comprehensive plan for Seattle, a draft of the General=20
> Plan for Berkeley, zoning regulations from Boston and an open space =
> policy from Chicago that creates an organization=20
> that can acquire and preserve open space. =20
>
> Comprehensive Plans
>
> Seattle is a city that has a 20 year comprehensive plan that includes =
> community gardens and sets up specific goals for a=20
> community garden for each 2500 households. The following is a resolution =
> passed by the city council and a chart from=20
> the comprehensive plan that outlines the open space goals.
> It is important to note that the Seattle P- patch program is a municipal =
> run program in the Department of Neighborhoods.=20
> There is also a Friends of P-Patch group that lobbies the City Council =
> extensively and was instrumental in getting the=20
> resolution passed and  community gardens included in their comprehensive =
> plan.
>
> RESOLUTION -28610
>
> A RESOLUTION declaring the City of Seattle's support for the maintenance =
> and long-term expansion of the P-Patch=20
> Community Gardening Program.
>
> WHEREAS, the P-Patch Community Gardens have a long history in Seattle, =
> started over 20 years ago, the gardens=20
> have grown to 27 citywide sites tended by more than 2,500 gardeners: and
>
> WHEREAS, P-Patch gardens create alternative food sources and contribute =
> as much as 21,000 pounds of free fresh=20
> produce to city food banks; and
>
> WHEREAS, P-Patch community gardening contributes to the preservation, =
> access to, and use of open space; and
>
> WHEREAS, the Seattle P-Patch Program has been recognized nationally as a =
> model for urban gardening; and
>
> WHEREAS , the popularity of the gardens continues to grow, especially =
> with increases in housing density within the city;=20
> and
> NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF =
> SEATTLE, THE MAYOR=20
> CONCURRING, THAT:
>
> I. The City of Seattle will promote inter-agency and intergovernmental =
> cooperation among agencies such as the=20
> Parks Department, the Engineering Department, the Housing Authority, the =
> School District, Metro, the Port Authority, the=20
> Water Department, City Light, and the Department of Transportation to =
> expand opportunities for community gardening;
> II.  The City of Seattle recommends that P-Patch gardens be a part of =
> the Comprehensive Plan and that any appropriate=20
> ordinances be strengthened to encourage, preserve and protect community =
> gardening particularly in medium and high=20
> density residential areas;
>
> III. The City of Seattle will include the P-Patch Program in the =
> evaluation of priority use of city surplus property;
>
> IV.   The City of Seattle recognizes the economic, environmental and =
> socia1 value of the gardens and will attempt to=20
> provide budgetary support for the management of the P-Patch program; and
>
> V.    The City of Seattle encourages that expansion of the P-Patch =
> program and outreach should give special emphasis=20
> to low income families and individuals, youth, the elderly, physically =
> challenged, and other special populations.
>
> ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Seattle the 14th day of =
> September, 1992.
>
> The specific goals for open space are outlined in the chart on the =
> following page.
>
> SEATTLE  URBAN VILLAGE OPEN SPACE AND RECREATION FACILITY GOALS
>
> URBAN CENTER VILLAGES HUB URBAN VILLAGES RESIDENTIAL URBAN VILLAGES
> URBAN VILLAGE OPEN SPACE POPULATION BASED GOALS One acre of Village Open =
> Space per 1000=20
> households.                                         For the downtown =
> core one acre of Village Open Space per 10,000 jobs. One=20
> acre of Village Open Space per 1000 households. Same as for Hub Urban =
> Villages
> URBAN VILLAGE OPEN SPACE DISTRIBUTION GOALS All locations in the village =
> within approximately 1/8 mile of=20
> Village Open Space. Same as for Urban Center Villages For moderate and =
> high density areas: all=20
> locations within 1/8 mile of a Village Open Space that is between 1/4 =
> and 1 acre in size, or within 1/4 mile of a Village=20
> Open Space that is greater than 1 acre.                                  =
>                   =20
> QUALIFYING CRITERIA FOR VILLAGE OPEN SPACE Dedicated open spaces of at =
> least 10,000 square feet in=20
> size, publicly accessible, and usable for recreation and social =
> activities Same as for Urban Center Villages Same=20
> as for Urban Center and Hub  Villages
> VILLAGE COMMONS GOALS At least one usable open space of at least one =
> acre in size (Village Commons) with=20
> growth target of more than 2500 households.    At least one usable open =
> space of at least one acre in size (Village=20
> Commons)                                                                 =
>                      At least one usable open space of at least one=20
> acre in size (Village Commons) where overall residential density is 10 =
> households per gross acre or more.                                       =
>                             =20
> RECREATION FACILITY GOALS One indoor, multiple use recreation facility =
> serving each Urban Center.                                               =
>                                            =20
> One facility for indoor assembly One facility for indoor public assembly =
> in Villages with greater than=20
> 2000 households.=20
> COMMUNITY GARDEN GOALS One dedicated community garden for each 2500 =
> households in the Village with=20
> at least one dedicated garden site. Same as for Urban Center Villages =
> Same as for Urban Center and Hub =20
> Villages                                      =20
>
> The City of Berkeley , California is working on a general plan. The =
> Draft General Plan includes a policy and specific=20
> actions to encourage and support community gardening efforts. The =
> following is the text from the draft plan:=20
>
> DRAFT OF BERKELEY GENERAL PLAN     January 9,1998
>
> Policy 2-05- Recognize and encourage community gardens as a high =
> priority use of open space resources, particularly in=20
> higher density residential areas.
>
> Community gardening is a way for people who lack yards to grow flowers =
> and vegetables=20
> but more than that it is also a way for people to work together, =
> socialize and talk with their neighbors. Users plan,=20
> construct and manage the space, thus building community relations at the =
> same time as they save the City money and=20
> can help lower their own cost of living.
>
> Actions-
> A. Secure more land and create long term stability for community gardens =
> through purchase of land and long-
> term leases or other agreements.
> B.    Increase support for community gardens through partnerships with =
> other government agencies, neighborhood=20
> groups, businesses, civic and gardening organizations.
> C. Integrate community gardens into existing open spaces near areas of =
> higher density residences that=20
> do not currently have community garden space, while balancing other open =
> space needs.
>         D.    Provide administrative resources and agreements that =
> enable community gardening                        groups to=20
> manage the gardens to the extent practical.
>         E.    Include community gardens as part of the open space =
> planning for the remaining sections of the Santa Fe=20
> Right of Way.
>
> ZONING
>
> Having a specific zoning category for community gardens is another =
> method for ensuring long term protection of=20
> community gardens. The city of Boston has special zoning districts that =
> include community gardens in the types of open=20
> space. The wording from the Boston Zoning Code that relates to community =
> gardens follows:=20
>
> BOSTON ZONING CODE
>
> SPECIAL ZONING DISTRICTS
>
> Article 33
>
> Open Space Subdistricts (March 8,1988)
>
> Section 33-1- Preamble. This article supplements the creation of an open =
> space district (OS) designation, which under=20
> text amendment No. 101 can be given to public lands or, with the written =
> consent of the owner to private property.  The=20
> open space district and nine open space subdistricts, taken together, =
> present a comprehensive means for protecting=20
> and conserving open spaces through land use regulations. The open space =
> (OS) designation and an open space=20
> subdistrict designation can be used in conjunction with each other, thus =
> establishing for the land so designated the=20
> particular restrictions of one of the subdistricts: community garden, =
> parkland, recreation, shoreland, urban wild,=20
> waterfront access area, cemetery, urban plaza, or air right. Land can be =
> given the OS designation, however, without the=20
> simultaneous designation of a particular subdistrict, such as "park" or =
> "garden" where the desired subdistrict designation=20
> is yet to be determined. This system instills flexibility into the =
> regulation of open spaces.
>
> Section 33-2- Statement of Purpose.  The purpose of this article is to =
> encourage the preservation of open space for=20
> community gardens, parkland, recreation, shoreland, urban wild, =
> waterfront access area, cemetery, and urban plaza=20
> purposes to enhance the quality of life of the city's residents by =
> permanently protecting its open space resources: to=20
> distinguish different open space areas in order to provide for uses =
> appropriate to each open space site on the basis of=20
> topography, water, flood plain, scenic value, forest cover, urban edge, =
> or unusual geologic features; to prevent the loss=20
> of open space to commercial development; to restore Boston's =
> conservation heritage of Olmstead parks; to coordinate=20
> state, regional and local open space plans; to provide and encourage =
> buffer zones between incompatible land uses and=20
> mitigate the effects of noise and air pollution; to promote and maintain =
> the visual identity of separate and distinct districts;=20
> to enhance the appearance of neighborhoods through preservation of =
> natural green spaces; and to ensure the=20
> provision of adequate natural light and air quality by protecting the =
> supply of vegetation and open space throughout=20
> Boston.
>
> Section 33-8- Community Garden Open Space Subdistricts.  Community =
> garden open space (OS-G) subdistricts shall=20
> consist of land appropriate for and limited to the cultivation of herbs, =
> fruits, flowers, or vegetables, including the=20
> cultivation and tillage of soil and the production, cultivation, =
> growing, and harvesting of any agricultural, floricultural, or=20
> horticultural commodity; such land may include Vacant Public Land.
>
> POLICY
>
> The most far reaching method of open space protection is from the city =
> of Chicago. The City Council passed an=20
> intergovernmental agreement that created an entity called NeighborSpace =
> that is funded by municipal funds and can=20
> raise private funds to purchase properties. The city also transfers =
> properties to NeighborSpace for $1.00 for permanent=20
> protection as open space. The ordinance creating NeighborSpace, the =
> intergovernmental agreement and the funding=20
> authorization follows:
>
> AUTHORIZATION FOR EXECUTION OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL
> AGREEMENT WITH CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT AND
> FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT OF COOK
> COUNTY FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF
> "NEIGHBORSPACE"
>
> The Committee on Finance submitted the following report:
>
> CHICAGO, March 26,1996.
>
> To the President and Members of the City Council:
>
> Your Committee on Finance, having had under consideration a =
> communication recommending a proposed ordinance=20
> concerning the authority for the City of Chicago to participate in the =
> establishment of NeighborSpace, a not-for-profit=20
> corporation, having had the same under advisement, begs leave to report =
> and recommend that Your Honorable Body=20
> Pass the proposed ordinance transmitted herewith.
>
> This recommendation was concurred in by a viva voce vote of the members
> of the committee.=20
>
> Respectfully submitted,
>
> (Signed) EDWARD M. BURKE,
> Chairman.
>
> On motion of Alderman Burke, the said proposed ordinance transmitted
> with the foregoing committee report was Passed by yeas and nays as =
> follows:
>
> Yeas -- Aldermen Granato, Haithcock, Preckwinkle, Steele, Dixon, Shaw, =
> Buchanan, Huels, Frias, Olivo, Burke, Jones,=20
> Coleman, Murphy, Troutman, Evans, Munoz, Zalewski, Chandler, Solis, =
> Ocasio, Burnett, E. Smith, Burrell, Wojcik,=20
> Suarez, Gabinski, Mell, Austin, Banks, Giles, Allen, Laurino, O'Connor, =
> Doherty, Natarus, Bernardini, Levar, Shiller,=20
> Schulter, M. Smith, Moore -- 42.
>
> Nays -- None.
>
> Alderman Allen moved to reconsider the foregoing vote.  The motion was =
> lost.
>
> The following is said ordinance as passed:
>
> WHEREAS, The City of Chicago ("City") is a home rule unit by virtue of =
> the provisions of the Constitution of the State of =20
> Illinois of 1970 and, as such, may exercise any power and perform any =
> function pertaining to its government and affairs;=20
> and
>
> WHEREAS, There is a lack of sufficient open space in the City for =
> recreational and aesthetic uses; and
>
> WHEREAS, There is a need and desire to develop typically small, open =
> spaces as pocket parks, gardens and natural=20
> areas for public use for the benefit of the citizens of the City; and
>
> WHEREAS, It is in the interest of the City for the development and =
> maintenance of such open spaces to be undertaken=20
> by private parties who reside in the neighborhoods in which such spaces =
> are located; and
>
> WHEREAS, Neighborhood community groups are often unable to develop and =
> maintain such spaces for public use=20
> because of concerns over liability and/or lack of adequate funds; and
>
> WHEREAS, The Department of Planning and Development ("Department") has =
> recommended the formation of a not-
> for-profit corporation to be known as "NeighborSpace" to own, lease, =
> manage, or hold easements to typically small,=20
> open spaces in the City for development and maintenance by neighborhood =
> community and business groups since such=20
> open space projects can be more efficiently managed by local groups than =
> by governmental agencies; and
>
> WHEREAS, NeighborSpace would be formed as a collaboration among the =
> City, the Chicago Park District ("Park=20
> District") and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County ("Forest =
> Preserve District"); and
>
> WHEREAS, The Mayor of the City, the President of the Park District Board =
> of Commissioners and the President of the=20
> Forest Preserve District Board of Commissioners would each appoint a =
> representative to serve as an incorporator of=20
> NeighborSpace; and
>
> WHEREAS, The Mayor would appoint one Department Head and one City =
> Council member to serve on the=20
> NeighborSpace Board of Directors; and
>
> WHEREAS, The President of the Park District Board of Commissioners would =
> appoint one Board member and the=20
> General Superintendent would appoint one Department Head to serve on the =
> NeighborSpace Board of Directors; and
>
> WHEREAS, The President of the Forest Preserve District Board of =
> Commissioners would appoint one Commissioner who=20
> represents part of the City of Chicago and the General Superintendent =
> would appoint one Department Head to serve on=20
> the NeighborSpace Board of Directors; and
>
> WHEREAS, The Mayor, the President of the Park District Board of =
> Commissioners and the President of the Forest=20
> Preserve District Board of Commissioners would jointly appoint one (1) =
> member to the NeighborSpace Board of Directors;=20
> and
>
> WHEREAS, A three (3) member nominating committee of the appointed board =
> members would recommend three (3)=20
> non-governmental representatives to the NeighborSpace Board of =
> Directors; and
>
> WHEREAS, The three (3) non-governmental representatives must have a =
> significant amount of experience in open=20
> space and/or parks management, maintenance, planning or development; and
>
> WHEREAS, The City, the Park District and the Forest Preserve District =
> would enter into an intergovernmental=20
> agreement to define the commitment of each governmental entity to =
> NeighborSpace; and
>
> WHEREAS, The City, the Park District and the Forest Preserve District, =
> subject to annual appropriation, would each=20
> donate Ninety-three Thousand Seven Hundred Fifty and no/100 Dollars =
> ($93,750.00) per year for three (3) years to=20
> NeighborSpace; and
>
> WHEREAS, The Department has already allocated Ninety-three Thousand =
> Seven Hundred Fifty and no/100 Dollars=20
> ($93,750.00) in its 1996 budget for NeighborSpace; and
>
> WHEREAS, NeighborSpace will have the powers to buy, accept donations of, =
> own, lease, hold easements to, and sell=20
> real property; and=20
>
> WHEREAS, The City would donate, sell or lease typically small parcels to =
> NeighborSpace for use as open space=20
> benefiting the Citizens of the City, subject to the approval of the City =
> Council for each parcel for the purpose of creating=20
> open public spaces; and
>
> WHEREAS, NeighborSpace will have the power to acquire tax delinquent =
> parcels including applying therefor through=20
> the City's Tax Reactivation Program where appropriate and applicable, =
> and easements, or title to river edges dedicated=20
> for open space purposes as part of planned developments; and
>
> WHEREAS, NeighborSpace would enter into agreements with local  groups =
> for the use and maintenance of open=20
> spaces; now, therefore,
>
> Be It Ordained by the City Council of the City of Chicago:
>
> SECTION 1. The foregoing recitals are hereby adopted as the findings of =
> the City Council.
>
> SECTION 2. The establishment of NeighborSpace is a valid exercise of the =
> home rule powers of the City and will=20
> facilitate the development of open spaces for the use and benefit of the =
> citizens of the City of Chicago.
>
> SECTION 3. The establishment of NeighborSpace, an Illinois not-for =
> profit corporation is approved.
>
> SECTION 4. The Mayor, on behalf of the City of Chicago, is authorized =
> to:=20
>
> a) appoint a representative to serve as  an incorporator of =
> NeighborSpace;
>
> b) enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the Park District and =
> Forest Preserve District consistent with the=20
> above findings of the City Council and upon the approval of the =
> corporation Counsel as to form and legality;
>
> c) appoint one Department Head and one (1) City Council member to the =
> NeighborSpace Board of Directors; and
>
> d) jointly with the President of the Park District Board of =
> Commissioners and the President of the Forest Preserve District=20
> Board of Commissioners, appoint one (1) member to the NeighborSpace =
> Board of Directors.
>
> SECTION 5. This ordinance shall become effective immediately upon its =
> passage.
>
> Intergovernmental Agreement referred to in this ordinance reads as =
> follows:
>
> Intergovernmental Agreement.
>
> This Intergovernmental Agreement ("Agreement") is entered into this 26th =
> day of March            1996, by and among the=20
> City of Chicago ("City"), an Illinois municipal corporation, the Chicago =
> Park District ("Park District"), an Illinois municipal=20
> corporation, and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County ("Forest =
> Preserve District"), an Illinois special district and=20
> pertains to the formation-of a not-for-profit corporation to be known as =
> "NeighborSpace."
>
> Witnesseth:
>
> Whereas, There is a lack of open space in the City for recreational and =
> aesthetic uses; and
>
> Whereas, The City, the Park District, and the Forest Preserve District =
> wish to develop typically small open spaces as=20
> public pocket parks and gardens and to preserve river edges and natural =
> areas for public use; and
>
> Whereas, It is in the interest of the City, the Park District, and the =
> Forest Preserve District, for the development and=20
> maintenance of such spaces to be undertaken by private parties who =
> reside in the neighborhoods in which such places=20
> are located; and
>
> Whereas, Neighborhood community groups are often unable to develop and =
> maintain such spaces for public use=20
> because of concerns over liability and/or lack of adequate funds; and
>
> Whereas, The City, the Park District, and the Forest Preserve District =
> wish to support the formation of a not-for-profit=20
> corporation to be known as "NeighborSpace"; and
>
> Whereas, NeighborSpace would own, lease, manage, or hold easements to =
> typically small, open spaces, in the City for=20
> development and maintenance by neighborhood community groups since such =
> open space projects can be more=20
> efficiently managed by local groups than by governmental agencies; and
>
> Whereas, NeighborSpace will have the power to buy, accept donations of, =
> own, lease, hold easements to, and sell real=20
> property; and
>
> Whereas, NeighborSpace will also have the power to acquire tax =
> delinquent parcels including applying therefor through=20
> the City's Tax Reactivation Program where appropriate and applicable, =
> and to acquire easements, or title to river edges=20
> dedicated for open space purposes as part of planned developments; and
>
> Whereas, NeighborSpace would enter into agreements with local groups for =
> the use and maintenance of open spaces;=20
> and
>
> Whereas, The City, the Park District and the Forest Preserve District =
> are entering into this Agreement to facilitate the=20
> formation of NeighborSpace;
>
> Now Therefore, In consideration of the covenants and agreements =
> contained herein, the parties agree as follows:
>
> Section 1 -
> Incorporation Of Recitals.
>
> The foregoing recitals are expressly incorporated in and made a part of =
> this Agreement as if fully set forth therein.
>
>                                                                        =
> Section 2.
> Obligations Of The City And The Park District.
>
> The City and the Park District each agree to donate, sell or lease =
> typically small parcels to NeighborSpace subject,=20
> respectively, to the approval of the City Council and the Park District =
> Board of Commissioners for each parcel for the=20
> purpose of creating open public spaces.
>
> Section 3.
>
> Obligations Of The City, The Park District And
> The Forest Preserve District.
>
> The City, the Park District and the Forest Preserve District each agrees =
> to do the following:
>
> A. Appoint one representative to serve as an incorporator of =
> NeighborSpace.
>
> B. Subject to annual appropriations, each provide Ninety-three Thousand =
> Seven Hundred Fifty and no/100=20
> Dollars ($93,750.00) per year to NeighborSpace in Fiscal years 1996, =
> 1997 and 1998.
> Funds for fiscal year 1996 shall be provided upon the signing of this =
> Agreement.  Subsequent funds shall be provided by=20
> February 1, 1997, and February 1, 1998.
>
> C.    Make appointments to the NeighborSpace Board of Directors as  =
> follows :
>
> 1) The City, acting through its Mayor, agrees to appoint one Department =
> Head and one City Council member.
>
> 2) The Park District, acting through the President of its Board of =
> Commissioners, agrees to appoint one member=20
> of the Board of Commissioners, and acting through its General =
> Superintendent, agrees to appoint one Department Head.
>
> 3) The Forest Preserve District, acting through the President of its =
> Board of Commissioners, agrees to appoint=20
> one member of the Board of Commissioners who represents part of the =
> City, and acting through its General=20
> Superintendent, agrees to appoint one Department Head.
>
> 4)    The Mayor, the President of the Park District Board of =
> Commissioners, and the President of the Forest Preserve=20
> District Board of Commissioners agree to jointly appoint one (1) member =
> to the NeighborSpace Board of Directors.
>
> Section 4. -
>
> Composition Of The NeighborSpace
> Board Of Directors.
>
> In addition to the members of the Board of Directors provided for in =
> Section 3(C) of this Agreement, the Board shall also=20
> include three (3) non-governmental representatives who shall serve upon =
> approval of the full Board.  The non-
> governmental representatives shall have a significant amount of =
> experience in open space and/or parks management,=20
> maintenance, planning or development.
>
> Note: The Chicago City Council passed an authorization to extend the =
> intergovernmental agreement and increase the=20
> funding to One hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) each from the City, =
> Park District and the Forest Park Preserve. The=20
> extensions for both the agreement and funding is for 20 years to expire =
> December 31, 2018.
>
> Anna Wasescha
> 1312 Dayton Avenue
> St. Paul, Minnesota  55104-6440
> 651.646.8733 (phone)
> 651.646.0034 (fax)
> ariel@tc.umn.edu
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> <DIV><FONT size=3D2>Here is a set of examples of how different cities =
> around the=20
> country have taken up the battle of securing and protecting open green =
> space and=20
> gardens.&nbsp; Thanks to Lenny Librizzi for collecting this information =
> and=20
> sending it to me for circulation to the ACGA listserve.&nbsp; Here it=20
> goes:</FONT></DIV>
> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
> <DIV><FONT size=3D2>OPEN SPACE AND COMMUNITY GARDEN POLICIES,<BR>ZONING =
> AND&nbsp;=20
> PLANNING FROM OTHER CITIES<BR><BR>Information compiled by Lenny Librizzi =
> for the=20
> GreenThumb Grow Together Workshop<BR>Lessons From Community Gardening =
> Programs=20
> In Other Cities&nbsp;&nbsp; March 20, 1999<BR><BR>There are notable =
> examples of=20
> comprehensive plans, zoning regulations, open space policies and goals =
> from=20
> other cities <BR>that could be modeled by New York City in developing =
> community=20
> garden policies and long term protections. The <BR>examples that are =
> included=20
> are a resolution and goals from the comprehensive plan for Seattle, a =
> draft of=20
> the General <BR>Plan for Berkeley, zoning regulations from Boston and an =
> open=20
> space policy from Chicago that creates an organization <BR>that can =
> acquire and=20
> preserve open space.&nbsp; <BR><BR><BR>Comprehensive =
> Plans<BR><BR><BR>Seattle is=20
> a city that has a 20 year comprehensive plan that includes community =
> gardens and=20
> sets up specific goals for a <BR>community garden for each 2500 =
> households. The=20
> following is a resolution passed by the city council and a chart from =
> <BR>the=20
> comprehensive plan that outlines the open space goals.<BR>It is =
> important to=20
> note that the Seattle P- patch program is a municipal run program in the =
>
> Department of Neighborhoods. <BR>There is also a Friends of P-Patch =
> group that=20
> lobbies the City Council extensively and was instrumental in getting the =
>
> <BR>resolution passed and&nbsp; community gardens included in their=20
> comprehensive plan.<BR><BR><BR>RESOLUTION -28610<BR><BR><BR>A RESOLUTION =
>
> declaring the City of Seattle's support for the maintenance and =
> long-term=20
> expansion of the P-Patch <BR>Community Gardening =
> Program.<BR><BR>WHEREAS, the=20
> P-Patch Community Gardens have a long history in Seattle, started over =
> 20 years=20
> ago, the gardens <BR>have grown to 27 citywide sites tended by more than =
> 2,500=20
> gardeners: and<BR><BR>WHEREAS, P-Patch gardens create alternative food =
> sources=20
> and contribute as much as 21,000 pounds of free fresh <BR>produce to =
> city food=20
> banks; and<BR><BR>WHEREAS, P-Patch community gardening contributes to =
> the=20
> preservation, access to, and use of open space; and<BR><BR>WHEREAS, the =
> Seattle=20
> P-Patch Program has been recognized nationally as a model for urban =
> gardening;=20
> and<BR><BR>WHEREAS , the popularity of the gardens continues to grow, =
> especially=20
> with increases in housing density within the city; <BR>and<BR>NOW, =
> THEREFORE, BE=20
> IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEATTLE, THE MAYOR=20
> <BR>CONCURRING, THAT:<BR><BR>I. The City of Seattle will promote =
> inter-agency=20
> and intergovernmental cooperation among agencies such as the <BR>Parks=20
> Department, the Engineering Department, the Housing Authority, the =
> School=20
> District, Metro, the Port Authority, the <BR>Water Department, City =
> Light, and=20
> the Department of Transportation to expand opportunities for community=20
> gardening;<BR>II.&nbsp; The City of Seattle recommends that P-Patch =
> gardens be a=20
> part of the Comprehensive Plan and that any appropriate <BR>ordinances =
> be=20
> strengthened to encourage, preserve and protect community gardening =
> particularly=20
> in medium and high <BR>density residential areas;<BR><BR>III. The City =
> of=20
> Seattle will include the P-Patch Program in the evaluation of priority =
> use of=20
> city surplus property;<BR><BR>IV.&nbsp;&nbsp; The City of Seattle =
> recognizes the=20
> economic, environmental and socia1 value of the gardens and will attempt =
> to=20
> <BR>provide budgetary support for the management of the P-Patch program; =
>
> and<BR><BR>V.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The City of Seattle encourages that =
> expansion of=20
> the P-Patch program and outreach should give special emphasis <BR>to low =
> income=20
> families and individuals, youth, the elderly, physically challenged, and =
> other=20
> special populations.<BR><BR>ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of =
> Seattle=20
> the 14th day of September, 1992.<BR><BR>The specific goals for open =
> space are=20
> outlined in the chart on the following=20
> page.<BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR>SEATTLE&nbsp; URBAN =
> VILLAGE=20
> OPEN SPACE AND RECREATION FACILITY GOALS<BR><BR><BR>URBAN CENTER =
> VILLAGES HUB=20
> URBAN VILLAGES RESIDENTIAL URBAN VILLAGES<BR>URBAN VILLAGE OPEN SPACE =
> POPULATION=20
> BASED GOALS One acre of Village Open Space per 1000=20
> <BR>households.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbs=
> p;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp=
> ;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;=
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;=20
> For the downtown core one acre of Village Open Space per 10,000 jobs. =
> One=20
> <BR>acre of Village Open Space per 1000 households. Same as for Hub =
> Urban=20
> Villages<BR>URBAN VILLAGE OPEN SPACE DISTRIBUTION GOALS All locations in =
> the=20
> village within approximately 1/8 mile of <BR>Village Open Space. Same as =
> for=20
> Urban Center Villages For moderate and high density areas: all =
> <BR>locations=20
> within 1/8 mile of a Village Open Space that is between 1/4 and 1 acre =
> in size,=20
> or within 1/4 mile of a Village <BR>Open Space that is greater than 1=20
> acre.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&n=
> bsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nb=
> sp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbs=
> p;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp=
> ;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;=20
> <BR>QUALIFYING CRITERIA FOR VILLAGE OPEN SPACE Dedicated open spaces of =
> at least=20
> 10,000 square feet in <BR>size, publicly accessible, and usable for =
> recreation=20
> and social activities Same as for Urban Center Villages Same <BR>as for =
> Urban=20
> Center and Hub&nbsp; Villages<BR>VILLAGE COMMONS GOALS At least one =
> usable open=20
> space of at least one acre in size (Village Commons) with <BR>growth =
> target of=20
> more than 2500 households.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; At least one usable open =
> space of=20
> at least one acre in size (Village=20
> <BR>Commons)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&=
> nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&n=
> bsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nb=
> sp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbs=
> p;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp=
> ;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;=
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&=
> nbsp;&nbsp;=20
> At least one usable open space of at least one <BR>acre in size (Village =
>
> Commons) where overall residential density is 10 households per gross =
> acre or=20
> more.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&n=
> bsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nb=
> sp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbs=
> p;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp=
> ;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;=
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;=20
> <BR>RECREATION FACILITY GOALS One indoor, multiple use recreation =
> facility=20
> serving each Urban=20
> Center.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;=
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&=
> nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&n=
> bsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nb=
> sp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbs=
> p;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp=
> ;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;=
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;=20
> <BR>One facility for indoor assembly One facility for indoor public =
> assembly in=20
> Villages with greater than <BR>2000 households. <BR>COMMUNITY GARDEN =
> GOALS One=20
> dedicated community garden for each 2500 households in the Village with =
> <BR>at=20
> least one dedicated garden site. Same as for Urban Center Villages Same =
> as for=20
> Urban Center and Hub&nbsp;=20
> <BR>Villages&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&=
> nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&n=
> bsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nb=
> sp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;=20
> <BR><BR><BR><BR><BR>The City of Berkeley , California is working on a =
> general=20
> plan. The Draft General Plan includes a policy and specific <BR>actions =
> to=20
> encourage and support community gardening efforts. The following is the =
> text=20
> from the draft plan: <BR><BR><BR>DRAFT OF BERKELEY GENERAL=20
> PLAN&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; January 9,1998<BR><BR><BR>Policy 2-05- =
> Recognize=20
> and encourage community gardens as a high priority use of open space =
> resources,=20
> particularly in <BR>higher density residential areas.<BR><BR>Community =
> gardening=20
> is a way for people who lack yards to grow flowers and vegetables =
> <BR>but more=20
> than that it is also a way for people to work together, socialize and =
> talk with=20
> their neighbors. Users plan, <BR>construct and manage the space, thus =
> building=20
> community relations at the same time as they save the City money and =
> <BR>can=20
> help lower their own cost of living.<BR><BR>Actions-<BR>A. Secure more =
> land and=20
> create long term stability for community gardens through purchase of =
> land and=20
> long-<BR>term leases or other agreements.<BR>B.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; =
> Increase=20
> support for community gardens through partnerships with other government =
>
> agencies, neighborhood <BR>groups, businesses, civic and gardening=20
> organizations.<BR>C. Integrate community gardens into existing open =
> spaces near=20
> areas of higher density residences that <BR>do not currently have =
> community=20
> garden space, while balancing other open space=20
> needs.<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; =
> D.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;=20
> Provide administrative resources and agreements that enable community=20
> gardening&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbs=
> p;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp=
> ;=20
> groups to <BR>manage the gardens to the extent=20
> practical.<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; =
> E.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;=20
> Include community gardens as part of the open space planning for the =
> remaining=20
> sections of the Santa Fe <BR>Right of=20
> Way.<BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR>ZONING<BR><BR>Having =
> a=20
> specific zoning category for community gardens is another method for =
> ensuring=20
> long term protection of <BR>community gardens. The city of Boston has =
> special=20
> zoning districts that include community gardens in the types of open =
> <BR>space.=20
> The wording from the Boston Zoning Code that relates to community =
> gardens=20
> follows: <BR><BR><BR>BOSTON ZONING CODE<BR><BR>SPECIAL ZONING=20
> DISTRICTS<BR><BR>Article 33<BR><BR>Open Space Subdistricts (March=20
> 8,1988)<BR><BR>Section 33-1- Preamble. This article supplements the =
> creation of=20
> an open space district (OS) designation, which under <BR>text amendment =
> No. 101=20
> can be given to public lands or, with the written consent of the owner =
> to=20
> private property.&nbsp; The <BR>open space district and nine open space=20
> subdistricts, taken together, present a comprehensive means for =
> protecting=20
> <BR>and conserving open spaces through land use regulations. The open =
> space (OS)=20
> designation and an open space <BR>subdistrict designation can be used in =
>
> conjunction with each other, thus establishing for the land so =
> designated the=20
> <BR>particular restrictions of one of the subdistricts: community =
> garden,=20
> parkland, recreation, shoreland, urban wild, <BR>waterfront access area, =
>
> cemetery, urban plaza, or air right. Land can be given the OS =
> designation,=20
> however, without the <BR>simultaneous designation of a particular =
> subdistrict,=20
> such as "park" or "garden" where the desired subdistrict designation =
> <BR>is yet=20
> to be determined. This system instills flexibility into the regulation =
> of open=20
> spaces.<BR><BR>Section 33-2- Statement of Purpose.&nbsp; The purpose of =
> this=20
> article is to encourage the preservation of open space for <BR>community =
>
> gardens, parkland, recreation, shoreland, urban wild, waterfront access =
> area,=20
> cemetery, and urban plaza <BR>purposes to enhance the quality of life of =
> the=20
> city's residents by permanently protecting its open space resources: to=20
> <BR>distinguish different open space areas in order to provide for uses=20
> appropriate to each open space site on the basis of <BR>topography, =
> water, flood=20
> plain, scenic value, forest cover, urban edge, or unusual geologic =
> features; to=20
> prevent the loss <BR>of open space to commercial development; to restore =
>
> Boston's conservation heritage of Olmstead parks; to coordinate =
> <BR>state,=20
> regional and local open space plans; to provide and encourage buffer =
> zones=20
> between incompatible land uses and <BR>mitigate the effects of noise and =
> air=20
> pollution; to promote and maintain the visual identity of separate and =
> distinct=20
> districts; <BR>to enhance the appearance of neighborhoods through =
> preservation=20
> of natural green spaces; and to ensure the <BR>provision of adequate =
> natural=20
> light and air quality by protecting the supply of vegetation and open =
> space=20
> throughout <BR>Boston.<BR><BR>Section 33-8- Community Garden Open Space=20
> Subdistricts.&nbsp; Community garden open space (OS-G) subdistricts =
> shall=20
> <BR>consist of land appropriate for and limited to the cultivation of =
> herbs,=20
> fruits, flowers, or vegetables, including the <BR>cultivation and =
> tillage of=20
> soil and the production, cultivation, growing, and harvesting of any=20
> agricultural, floricultural, or <BR>horticultural commodity; such land =
> may=20
> include Vacant Public Land.<BR><BR><BR>POLICY<BR><BR><BR>The most far =
> reaching=20
> method of open space protection is from the city of Chicago. The City =
> Council=20
> passed an <BR>intergovernmental agreement that created an entity called=20
> NeighborSpace that is funded by municipal funds and can <BR>raise =
> private funds=20
> to purchase properties. The city also transfers properties to =
> NeighborSpace for=20
> $1.00 for permanent <BR>protection as open space. The ordinance creating =
>
> NeighborSpace, the intergovernmental agreement and the funding =
> <BR>authorization=20
> follows:<BR><BR><BR><BR>AUTHORIZATION FOR EXECUTION OF=20
> INTERGOVERNMENTAL<BR>AGREEMENT WITH CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT AND<BR>FOREST =
> PRESERVE=20
> DISTRICT OF COOK<BR>COUNTY FOR ESTABLISHMENT =
> OF<BR>"NEIGHBORSPACE"<BR><BR>The=20
> Committee on Finance submitted the following report:<BR><BR>CHICAGO, =
> March=20
> 26,1996.<BR><BR>To the President and Members of the City =
> Council:<BR><BR>Your=20
> Committee on Finance, having had under consideration a communication=20
> recommending a proposed ordinance <BR>concerning the authority for the =
> City of=20
> Chicago to participate in the establishment of NeighborSpace, a =
> not-for-profit=20
> <BR>corporation, having had the same under advisement, begs leave to =
> report and=20
> recommend that Your Honorable Body <BR>Pass the proposed ordinance =
> transmitted=20
> herewith.<BR><BR>This recommendation was concurred in by a viva voce =
> vote of the=20
> members<BR>of the committee. <BR><BR>Respectfully =
> submitted,<BR><BR><BR>(Signed)=20
> EDWARD M. BURKE,<BR>Chairman.<BR><BR><BR>On motion of Alderman Burke, =
> the said=20
> proposed ordinance transmitted<BR>with the foregoing committee report =
> was Passed=20
> by yeas and nays as follows:<BR><BR>Yeas -- Aldermen Granato, Haithcock, =
>
> Preckwinkle, Steele, Dixon, Shaw, Buchanan, Huels, Frias, Olivo, Burke, =
> Jones,=20
> <BR>Coleman, Murphy, Troutman, Evans, Munoz, Zalewski, Chandler, Solis, =
> Ocasio,=20
> Burnett, E. Smith, Burrell, Wojcik, <BR>Suarez, Gabinski, Mell, Austin, =
> Banks,=20
> Giles, Allen, Laurino, O'Connor, Doherty, Natarus, Bernardini, Levar, =
> Shiller,=20
> <BR>Schulter, M. Smith, Moore -- 42.<BR><BR>Nays -- =
> None.<BR><BR>Alderman Allen=20
> moved to reconsider the foregoing vote.&nbsp; The motion was=20
> lost.<BR><BR><BR><BR>The following is said ordinance as =
> passed:<BR><BR>WHEREAS,=20
> The City of Chicago ("City") is a home rule unit by virtue of the =
> provisions of=20
> the Constitution of the State of&nbsp; <BR>Illinois of 1970 and, as =
> such, may=20
> exercise any power and perform any function pertaining to its government =
> and=20
> affairs; <BR>and<BR><BR>WHEREAS, There is a lack of sufficient open =
> space in the=20
> City for recreational and aesthetic uses; and<BR><BR>WHEREAS, There is a =
> need=20
> and desire to develop typically small, open spaces as pocket parks, =
> gardens and=20
> natural <BR>areas for public use for the benefit of the citizens of the =
> City;=20
> and<BR><BR>WHEREAS, It is in the interest of the City for the =
> development and=20
> maintenance of such open spaces to be undertaken <BR>by private parties =
> who=20
> reside in the neighborhoods in which such spaces are located;=20
> and<BR><BR>WHEREAS, Neighborhood community groups are often unable to =
> develop=20
> and maintain such spaces for public use <BR>because of concerns over =
> liability=20
> and/or lack of adequate funds; and<BR><BR>WHEREAS, The Department of =
> Planning=20
> and Development ("Department") has recommended the formation of a=20
> not-<BR>for-profit corporation to be known as "NeighborSpace" to own, =
> lease,=20
> manage, or hold easements to typically small, <BR>open spaces in the =
> City for=20
> development and maintenance by neighborhood community and business =
> groups since=20
> such <BR>open space projects can be more efficiently managed by local =
> groups=20
> than by governmental agencies; and<BR><BR>WHEREAS, NeighborSpace would =
> be formed=20
> as a collaboration among the City, the Chicago Park District ("Park=20
> <BR>District") and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County ("Forest =
> Preserve=20
> District"); and<BR><BR>WHEREAS, The Mayor of the City, the President of =
> the Park=20
> District Board of Commissioners and the President of the <BR>Forest =
> Preserve=20
> District Board of Commissioners would each appoint a representative to =
> serve as=20
> an incorporator of <BR>NeighborSpace; and<BR><BR>WHEREAS, The Mayor =
> would=20
> appoint one Department Head and one City Council member to serve on the=20
> <BR>NeighborSpace Board of Directors; and<BR><BR>WHEREAS, The President =
> of the=20
> Park District Board of Commissioners would appoint one Board member and =
> the=20
> <BR>General Superintendent would appoint one Department Head to serve on =
> the=20
> NeighborSpace Board of Directors; and<BR><BR>WHEREAS, The President of =
> the=20
> Forest Preserve District Board of Commissioners would appoint one =
> Commissioner=20
> who <BR>represents part of the City of Chicago and the General =
> Superintendent=20
> would appoint one Department Head to serve on <BR>the NeighborSpace =
> Board of=20
> Directors; and<BR><BR>WHEREAS, The Mayor, the President of the Park =
> District=20
> Board of Commissioners and the President of the Forest <BR>Preserve =
> District=20
> Board of Commissioners would jointly appoint one (1) member to the =
> NeighborSpace=20
> Board of Directors; <BR>and<BR><BR>WHEREAS, A three (3) member =
> nominating=20
> committee of the appointed board members would recommend three (3)=20
> <BR>non-governmental representatives to the NeighborSpace Board of =
> Directors;=20
> and<BR><BR>WHEREAS, The three (3) non-governmental representatives must =
> have a=20
> significant amount of experience in open <BR>space and/or parks =
> management,=20
> maintenance, planning or development; and<BR><BR>WHEREAS, The City, the =
> Park=20
> District and the Forest Preserve District would enter into an =
> intergovernmental=20
> <BR>agreement to define the commitment of each governmental entity to=20
> NeighborSpace; and<BR><BR>WHEREAS, The City, the Park District and the =
> Forest=20
> Preserve District, subject to annual appropriation, would each =
> <BR>donate=20
> Ninety-three Thousand Seven Hundred Fifty and no/100 Dollars =
> ($93,750.00) per=20
> year for three (3) years to <BR>NeighborSpace; and<BR><BR>WHEREAS, The=20
> Department has already allocated Ninety-three Thousand Seven Hundred =
> Fifty and=20
> no/100 Dollars <BR>($93,750.00) in its 1996 budget for NeighborSpace;=20
> and<BR><BR>WHEREAS, NeighborSpace will have the powers to buy, accept =
> donations=20
> of, own, lease, hold easements to, and sell <BR>real property; and=20
> <BR><BR>WHEREAS, The City would donate, sell or lease typically small =
> parcels to=20
> NeighborSpace for use as open space <BR>benefiting the Citizens of the =
> City,=20
> subject to the approval of the City Council for each parcel for the =
> purpose of=20
> creating <BR>open public spaces; and<BR><BR>WHEREAS, NeighborSpace will =
> have the=20
> power to acquire tax delinquent parcels including applying therefor =
> through=20
> <BR>the City's Tax Reactivation Program where appropriate and =
> applicable, and=20
> easements, or title to river edges dedicated <BR>for open space purposes =
> as part=20
> of planned developments; and<BR><BR>WHEREAS, NeighborSpace would enter =
> into=20
> agreements with local&nbsp; groups for the use and maintenance of open=20
> <BR>spaces; now, therefore,<BR><BR><BR>Be It Ordained by the City =
> Council of the=20
> City of Chicago:<BR><BR>SECTION 1. The foregoing recitals are hereby =
> adopted as=20
> the findings of the City Council.<BR><BR>SECTION 2. The establishment of =
>
> NeighborSpace is a valid exercise of the home rule powers of the City =
> and will=20
> <BR>facilitate the development of open spaces for the use and benefit of =
> the=20
> citizens of the City of Chicago.<BR><BR>SECTION 3. The establishment of=20
> NeighborSpace, an Illinois not-for profit corporation is=20
> approved.<BR><BR>SECTION 4. The Mayor, on behalf of the City of Chicago, =
> is=20
> authorized to: <BR><BR>a) appoint a representative to serve as&nbsp; an=20
> incorporator of NeighborSpace;<BR><BR>b) enter into an intergovernmental =
>
> agreement with the Park District and Forest Preserve District consistent =
> with=20
> the <BR>above findings of the City Council and upon the approval of the=20
> corporation Counsel as to form and legality;<BR><BR>c) appoint one =
> Department=20
> Head and one (1) City Council member to the NeighborSpace Board of =
> Directors;=20
> and<BR><BR>d) jointly with the President of the Park District Board of=20
> Commissioners and the President of the Forest Preserve District =
> <BR>Board of=20
> Commissioners, appoint one (1) member to the NeighborSpace Board of=20
> Directors.<BR><BR>SECTION 5. This ordinance shall become effective =
> immediately=20
> upon its passage.<BR><BR>Intergovernmental Agreement referred to in this =
>
> ordinance reads as follows:<BR><BR>Intergovernmental =
> Agreement.<BR><BR>This=20
> Intergovernmental Agreement ("Agreement") is entered into this 26th day =
> of=20
> March&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; =
> 1996, by=20
> and among the <BR>City of Chicago ("City"), an Illinois municipal =
> corporation,=20
> the Chicago Park District ("Park District"), an Illinois municipal=20
> <BR>corporation, and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County =
> ("Forest=20
> Preserve District"), an Illinois special district and <BR>pertains to =
> the=20
> formation-of a not-for-profit corporation to be known as=20
> "NeighborSpace."<BR><BR>Witnesseth:<BR><BR>Whereas, There is a lack of =
> open=20
> space in the City for recreational and aesthetic uses; =
> and<BR><BR>Whereas, The=20
> City, the Park District, and the Forest Preserve District wish to =
> develop=20
> typically small open spaces as <BR>public pocket parks and gardens and =
> to=20
> preserve river edges and natural areas for public use; =
> and<BR><BR>Whereas, It is=20
> in the interest of the City, the Park District, and the Forest Preserve=20
> District, for the development and <BR>maintenance of such spaces to be=20
> undertaken by private parties who reside in the neighborhoods in which =
> such=20
> places <BR>are located; and<BR><BR>Whereas, Neighborhood community =
> groups are=20
> often unable to develop and maintain such spaces for public use =
> <BR>because of=20
> concerns over liability and/or lack of adequate funds; =
> and<BR><BR>Whereas, The=20
> City, the Park District, and the Forest Preserve District wish to =
> support the=20
> formation of a not-for-profit <BR>corporation to be known as =
> "NeighborSpace";=20
> and<BR><BR>Whereas, NeighborSpace would own, lease, manage, or hold =
> easements to=20
> typically small, open spaces, in the City for <BR>development and =
> maintenance by=20
> neighborhood community groups since such open space projects can be more =
>
> <BR>efficiently managed by local groups than by governmental agencies;=20
> and<BR><BR>Whereas, NeighborSpace will have the power to buy, accept =
> donations=20
> of, own, lease, hold easements to, and sell real <BR>property;=20
> and<BR><BR>Whereas, NeighborSpace will also have the power to acquire =
> tax=20
> delinquent parcels including applying therefor through <BR>the City's =
> Tax=20
> Reactivation Program where appropriate and applicable, and to acquire =
> easements,=20
> or title to river edges <BR>dedicated for open space purposes as part of =
> planned=20
> developments; and<BR><BR>Whereas, NeighborSpace would enter into =
> agreements with=20
> local groups for the use and maintenance of open spaces; =
> <BR>and<BR><BR>Whereas,=20
> The City, the Park District and the Forest Preserve District are =
> entering into=20
> this Agreement to facilitate the <BR>formation of =
> NeighborSpace;<BR><BR>Now=20
> Therefore, In consideration of the covenants and agreements contained =
> herein,=20
> the parties agree as follows:<BR><BR>Section 1 -<BR>Incorporation Of=20
> Recitals.<BR><BR>The foregoing recitals are expressly incorporated in =
> and made a=20
> part of this Agreement as if fully set forth=20
> therein.<BR><BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nb=
> sp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbs=
> p;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp=
> ;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;=
> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&=
> nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;=20
> Section 2.<BR>Obligations Of The City And The Park District.<BR><BR>The =
> City and=20
> the Park District each agree to donate, sell or lease typically small =
> parcels to=20
> NeighborSpace subject, <BR>respectively, to the approval of the City =
> Council and=20
> the Park District Board of Commissioners for each parcel for the =
> <BR>purpose of=20
> creating open public spaces.<BR><BR><BR><BR>Section =
> 3.<BR><BR>Obligations Of The=20
> City, The Park District And<BR>The Forest Preserve District.<BR><BR>The =
> City,=20
> the Park District and the Forest Preserve District each agrees to do the =
>
> following:<BR><BR>A. Appoint one representative to serve as an =
> incorporator of=20
> NeighborSpace.<BR><BR>B. Subject to annual appropriations, each provide=20
> Ninety-three Thousand Seven Hundred Fifty and no/100 <BR>Dollars =
> ($93,750.00)=20
> per year to NeighborSpace in Fiscal years 1996, 1997 and 1998.<BR>Funds =
> for=20
> fiscal year 1996 shall be provided upon the signing of this =
> Agreement.&nbsp;=20
> Subsequent funds shall be provided by <BR>February 1, 1997, and February =
> 1,=20
> 1998.<BR><BR>C.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Make appointments to the NeighborSpace =
> Board=20
> of Directors as&nbsp; follows :<BR><BR>1) The City, acting through its =
> Mayor,=20
> agrees to appoint one Department Head and one City Council =
> member.<BR><BR>2) The=20
> Park District, acting through the President of its Board of =
> Commissioners,=20
> agrees to appoint one member <BR>of the Board of Commissioners, and =
> acting=20
> through its General Superintendent, agrees to appoint one Department=20
> Head.<BR><BR>3) The Forest Preserve District, acting through the =
> President of=20
> its Board of Commissioners, agrees to appoint <BR>one member of the =
> Board of=20
> Commissioners who represents part of the City, and acting through its =
> General=20
> <BR>Superintendent, agrees to appoint one Department=20
> Head.<BR><BR>4)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Mayor, the President of the Park =
> District=20
> Board of Commissioners, and the President of the Forest Preserve =
> <BR>District=20
> Board of Commissioners agree to jointly appoint one (1) member to the=20
> NeighborSpace Board of Directors.<BR><BR><BR><BR>Section 4. =
> -<BR><BR>Composition=20
> Of The NeighborSpace<BR>Board Of Directors.<BR><BR><BR><BR>In addition =
> to the=20
> members of the Board of Directors provided for in Section 3(C) of this=20
> Agreement, the Board shall also <BR>include three (3) non-governmental=20
> representatives who shall serve upon approval of the full Board.&nbsp; =
> The=20
> non-<BR>governmental representatives shall have a significant amount of=20
> experience in open space and/or parks management, <BR>maintenance, =
> planning or=20
> development.<BR><BR>Note: The Chicago City Council passed an =
> authorization to=20
> extend the intergovernmental agreement and increase the <BR>funding to =
> One=20
> hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) each from the City, Park District =
> and the=20
> Forest Park Preserve. The <BR>extensions for both the agreement and =
> funding is=20
> for 20 years to expire December 31, =
> 2018.<BR><BR><BR><BR><BR></FONT></DIV>
> <DIV><FONT size=3D2>Anna Wasescha<BR>1312 Dayton Avenue<BR>St. Paul,=20
> Minnesota&nbsp; 55104-6440<BR>651.646.8733 (phone)<BR>651.646.0034 =
> (fax)<BR><A=20
> href=3D"mailto:ariel@tc.umn.edu">ariel@tc.umn.edu</A></FONT></DIV></BODY>=
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