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Austin, Texas, Code Chapter 14-7 (current through Oct. 5, 2017)
Brief Summary
Creates a program to support city supported community gardens on city owned or city controlled land. Only non-profits are eligible to operate the gardens, and must apply for a garden permit, and for a supplemental license if the garden is to be on city-owned land.
Legal Strategies
Requires something, sets standards.
Reach
Limited scope. Only nonprofit organizations may apply, and creates a voluntary program.
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. Requires that gardens be "operated in a manner that includes water conservation, and in the case of eligible city land includes composting, non-polluting, and integrated pest management practices that promote a sustainable garden, and is cultivated solely for the production of organic produce." Sec. 14-7-1 (1) (b).
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. § 14-7-1.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. The director shall review an application, may approve or deny a garden permit, and shall issue a permit. § 14-7-12, Art. 3 and 4.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. "If the director determines that a non-profit organization or a participating gardener has violated or failed to comply with the terms of a garden permit or license agreement issued under this chapter, the director may immediately halt all city-supported community garden activities under the garden permit and suspend or terminate the garden permit." § 14-7-34.
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 14-Use of Streets and Public Property, Chapter 14-7 Sustainable Urban Agriculture. History: Ord. 20110210-017; Ord. 20131121-020.