RE: Site Acceptances within conservative city zone culture
Community gardening is 50% gardening and 100% political. I'd suggest that
you research in your municipal archives for the reasons that this zoning was
implemented ( often these ordinances are made for good reasons at the time
but remain on the books long after these conditons have been addressed.)
Come up with with reasons why your garden would not be a problem.
Also, try creating a garden within the parameters of the city ordinances.
It's possible and if residents of your community believe that it would be an
asset then make sure that they make community gardening a "litmus test" with
their elected officials. Also, check out the archives on this listserv and
the American Community Gardening Assoiciation website.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: JACKIE WASSERMAN [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Sunday, March 12, 2000 9:26 AM
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> Subject: [cg] Site Acceptances within conservative city zone culture
> Hi. I am interested in finding a site for an organic community garden.
> My town zoing ordinances are very conservative - no greenhouses on a
> vacant lot, no retaining structure over 12" high, no selling of items
> grown, etc. Others have tried to work with City Hall but so far - no
> sucess. I think that our town desparately needs the social interaction
> and therapeutic value of gardening and learning afforded by community
> gardening. We have several spaces in town that would work. Several
> corporations have spaces but working with the zoning restrictions seems
> insurmountable. Have any of you faced this challenge? I would like
> some suggestions to achieve my goal of greening up my town. JW
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