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Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Land Development Code § 47-18.41 (current through Sept. 14, 2017)
Brief Summary
This section sets standards for urban farms and community gardens and establishes that urban farms shall generally be permitted as a principal or accessory use within non-residential zoning districts, with some exceptions. The law also recognizes the health, environmental and economic benefits of urban agriculture and local food production.
Legal Strategies
Expressly allows something.
Requires something, sets standards.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Grow, Get
State: Florida
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Fort Lauderdale
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
Yes. Refers to school gardens, food security (§ 47-18.41 (A)).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. health, food security (§ 47-18.41 (A)).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Yes. environmental sustainability, local production of food (§ 47-18.41 (A)).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Yes. Refers to urban agriculture as having "economic benefits;" innovative food production, local production of food, food security and urban agriculture can "maximize production in a small area that may have the ability to supply urban farmers markets and community supported agriculture." (§ 47-18.41 (A).).
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?
Unclear. Although not labeled findings, section 47.18.41 provides the following language: "Urban farms promote the local production of food primarily for sale to local sellers and consumers residing or doing business in Broward County, Florida. Community gardens promote the local production of food for use or consumption by the individuals directly involved in the food production." §47.18.41.
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. "The purpose of permitting urban agriculture is to promote local food production for local consumption and promote the health, environmental and economic benefits of having such uses. Urban agriculture comprises of community and school gardens; backyard and rooftop horticulture; and other innovative food production methods that maximize production in a small area that may have the ability to supply urban farmers markets and community supported agriculture. Urban agriculture is a complex activity, addressing issues central to community food security, neighborhood development, environmental sustainability, land use planning and agricultural and food systems. (§ 47-18.41) ".
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. § 47-35.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. "Implementation details are set forth at section 47-18.41, including application requirements, review and approval process details. § 47-18.41. ".
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Unclear. Generally violations of the Land Development Code are subject to "punish[ment] as provided in Section 1-6 of Volume I of the Code," which is outside of the Land Development Code. §47-34.2.
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
"Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Unified Land Development Code ARTICLE III. - DEVELOPMENT REQUIREMENTS SECTION 47-18. - SPECIFIC USE REQUIREMENTS Sec. 47-18.41. - Urban farms and community gardens. ( Ord. No. C-12-24, § 1, 7-10-12 )".