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Atlanta, Ga., Ordinance 10-O-1773 (Sept. 15, 2011)
Brief Summary
This is an ordinance amending Atlanta Zoning Code Sec. 16-29.001 to add a definition of farmers' markets and to allow farmers’ markets as a permitted use throughout various zoning districts, including residential districts. it also establishes the conditions under which they are permitted. Requires that at least 75% of the products displayed are farm products or value-added farm products, and that at least 75% of the vendors participating are producers, or their employees, agents, or family members.
Legal Strategies
Expressly allows something.
Requires something, sets standards.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Grow, Get
State: Georgia
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Atlanta
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
Yes. Refers to "affordable food." See "whereas" clauses at 1.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. See e.g., references to "healthy" and "public health." See whereas clauses at 1.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Yes. See e.g., references to "sustainable future growing," and "least possible impact on nature." See "whereas" clauses at 1.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Yes. See, e.g., this language "support local agriculture and economic development." See "whereas" clauses at 1.
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?
Yes. Findings note that "within the City there is an increased interest and demand for access to locally grown and raised food." Findings also refer to a goal of increasing access to healthy, locally grown and affordable food in the city; promoting sustainable food production; and to allowing local food producers to sell directly to people, including in residential zones, while also preserving the residential character of these areas. See "whereas" clauses at 1.
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. Although not labeled "intent" or "purpose" the "whereas" clauses at the beginning of the ordinance demonstrate intent. They include, e.g., the following: "the Mayor's Office of Sustainability seeks to promote policies for a sustainable future growing, developing and consuming with the least possible impact on nature;" and " the City desires to increase access to healthy, local, and affordable foods; encourage community-building; and support local agriculture and economic development." See "whereas" clauses at 1.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. See amendments to Section 16-29.001(32)(d) located in Section 1 of this ordinance. § 1.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. Director of Office of Planning must approve the special administrative permit for a farmers' market and has authority to determine necessary documentation required for a permit. § 2 at 2-3 (amending §16-25.002 (4)(f)) and (4)(g)(vi)).
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. The farmers' market special administrative permit may be revoked for violation of the zoning ordinance provisions regulating farmers' markets. § 2 at 4 (amending §16-25.002 (4)(j)).
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
This is an uncodified ordinance (Ord. No. 10-O-1773, Sep. 15, 2011). History: amends Section 16-29.001, 16-25.002, and 16-3.005(2)(a) of the Atlanta Zoning Ordinance.