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Atlanta, Georgia, Ordinance No. 2014-22 (14-O-1092) (June 11, 2014)
Brief Summary
This uncodified law amended Atlanta's several provisions in the city's zoning code to define and allow “urban gardens and market gardens” as a permitted use and to provide conditions for where and when that use would be permitted.
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?
Unclear. Whereas clauses include a reference to increasing access to affordable food (second "whereas" clause, page 1).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. "increase access to healthy local food" and "public health, safety and general welfare" (page 1).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Yes. "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" (third "whereas" clause, page 1).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Yes. The city desires to " support local agriculture and economic development" (second "whereas" clause, page 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. "the City finds it to be in the public health, safety and general welfare to adopt zoning regulations governing the definition, location and operation of urban gardens and market gardens within the various zoning districts of the Atlanta Zoning Ordinance" (page 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?
Unclear. Whereas clauses include the following: "the City desires to increase access to healthy, local, and affordable foods; encourage community-building; and support local agriculture and economic development;" and " 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;. . ." (page 1).
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. Section 1--adding definitions for "urban garden" and "market garden" to Sec. 16-29.001 of Atlanta's zoning code.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
No.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
No.
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
An uncodified ordinance amending various sections of the Atlanta Zoning Ordinance. Atlanta's codified version of its zoning laws can be found at https://library.municode.com/ga/atlanta/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIICOORANDECO_PT16ZO_CH1IN. We did not compare the uncodified ordinance with the current codified version because multiple code sections were involved.