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Austin, Tex., Code § 25-2-863 (Current through Oct. 5, 2017)
Brief Summary
This law outlines standards and permitted activities for urban farms. The standards include, among other things size requirements (may not be less than one acre and not more than five acres); and limitations on the number of dwelling units that are allowed. Permitted activities in non-residential areas include raising, slaughtering, processing and composting of fowl, rabbits, and aquatic foods using an aquaponic systems with certain conditions in non-residential areas. The same activities are also allowed in residential areas, except that slaughtering, processing of fowl and rabbits and composting of animal parts is prohibited in those districts. Additionally, the provision allows for on and off-site sales of some agricultural and value-added agricultural products.
Legal Strategies
Requires something, sets standards.
Prohibits/discourages something.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Grow, Get
State: Texas
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Austin
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?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Yes. The use of synthetic inputs is prohibited, Environmental Criteria, Water conservation practices (§ 25-2-863).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
No.
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?
No.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. § 25-1-21.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Unclear. Sections 25-1-41 through -46 outline various duties for accountable entities. These are mainly decision making duties and relate generally to the provisions of the Land Development title, rather than to this section specifically.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. "A person who violates this title commits a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $2000." § 25-1-463.
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
"Austin, Texas - Land Development Code TITLE 25. - LAND DEVELOPMENT. CHAPTER 25-2. - ZONING. SUBCHAPTER C. - USE AND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS. ARTICLE 4. - ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN USES. Division 4. - Other Uses. § 25-2-863 - URBAN FARMS. ".