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Knoxville, Tennessee, Code, app. B, art. V, § 25 (current through Oct. 16, 2017)
Brief Summary
Provides performance standards for urban agriculture uses, including beekeeping, backyard composting, hydroponics and aquaponics, and season extension structures such as low tunnels and cold frames, and high tunnels and green houses.
Legal Strategies
Requires something, sets standards.
Provides education, promotes awareness, or provides information.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Grow, Surplus/Waste
State: Tennessee
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Knoxville
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. See Art. I, Sec 3: "Whereas, the council of the City of Knoxville deems it necessary to exercise the power so granted in order to ...promote the health, safety, ...and welfare of the present and future inhabitants.".
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Yes. See Art. I, Sec. 3: "Whereas, the council of the City of Knoxville deems it necessary to exercise the power so granted in order to ...to promote the … prosperity and welfare of the present and future inhabitants.".
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?
Yes. "This section is meant to clarify additional setback and standards for uses related to urban agriculture." Sec. 25. See also, Art. I, Sec 3: "Whereas, the council of the City of Knoxville deems it necessary to exercise the power so granted in order to encourage the most appropriate use of land; to maintain and stabilize the value of property; to secure safety from fire, flood, panic, and other hazards; to prevent undue concentration of population; and to create a comprehensive and stable pattern of land uses upon which to plan for transportation, water supply, sewerage, schools, parks, public utilities, and other facilities; to promote the health, safety, morals, convenience, order, prosperity and welfare of the present and future inhabitants.".
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. Art. II.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. The ordinance includes responsibilities for the city building inspector, the planning commission, and the board of zoning appeals with regards to issuing building permits, reviewing applications, and hear and decide appeals, etc. Art VII, Sec 1.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. "...penalties of a monetary fine not to exceed fifty dollars ($50.00) and the repayment of administrative costs incident to the correction of the municipal violation in the amount of two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) and/or imprisonment not to exceed thirty (30) days, or both, for each separate offense." Art. VII, Sec. 8.
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
Appendxia B-Zoning regulations, art. V-Supplementary regulations applying to a specific to several, or to all districts, § 25-Performace standards for urban agriculture. History: Ord. No. O-126-2015, § 19, 7-21-15.