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Austin, Texas, Environmental Criteria Manual, § 1.5.3 (current through Aug. 27, 2017)
Brief Summary
Describes conditions under which sustainable urban agriculture (community gardens, market gardens, and urban farms) qualifies as a permitted use in the Critical Water Quality Zone. Raising of livestock or fowl are not allowed.
Legal Strategies
Creates an exemption.
Requires something, sets standards.
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?
Yes. "the floodplain modifications proposed are necessary to protect the public health and safety" 1.5.3.(G).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Yes. "environmentally-sensitive management practices, such as water conservation." Sec. 1.5.3.(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?
Unclear. Some terms (sustainable urban agriculture, community garden, market garden, urban farm) are defined under "sustainable urban agriculture").
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
Environmental Criteria Manual, § 1 water quality management; 1.5.0 stream buffers; 1.5.3 Development allowed in the critical water quality zone. Rule No. R161-14.22, 9-2-2014.