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Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, Code § 9-15-23 (current through April 27, 2017)
Brief Summary
Regulates community gardens. Allows them in all zones, but permit is required. Permits are good for one year. Gardens may be no larger than one acre, and up to 3 on-site sale events are allowed (although an additional permit is required for these events).
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Requires something, sets standards.
Expressly allows something.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Grow, Get
State: Georgia
Jurisdiction Type: County
Jurisdiction Name: Athens-Clarke
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. Refers to "promoting the health, safety and general welfare." Sec. 9-1-2.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Yes. Refers to "recognition of the changing needs and dynamic economy of a growing community" Sec. 9-1-2.
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. "Pursuant to the 1983 Constitution of the State of Georgia, Article IX, Section II, Paragraph IV, the mayor and commission of Athens-Clarke County hereby enact into law the following zoning ordinance of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, for the purposes of promoting the health, safety and general welfare of the present and future inhabitants of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia..." Sec. 9-1-2.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. Chapter 9-2.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Unclear. See chapter 9-4.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. Revocation of permit (sec. 9-22-3) and punishable as prescribed in section 1-1-5 of the Athens-Clarke County Code Sec. 9-22-8.
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
No.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
Code context and ordinance history
Title 9-Zoning and Development Standards, Article 1-Zoning, Chapter 9-15 General Regulations, Sec. 9-15-23 Community garden. History: Ord. of 2-4-2014, § 8.