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La Crosse, Wisconsin, Code § 115-347(5) (current through Sept. 13, 2017)
Brief Summary
Permits small scale urban agricultural uses in the Local Business District (C-1), and Commercial District (C-2), after obtaining a conditional use permit. Small scale agriculture uses includes wholesale and retail sale of produce, composting and vermicomposting for greenhouse use and sale; aquaponics; education on nutrition, meal planning, and growing and preserving produce; and partnering with licensed incubator kitchens to produce value-added products. With additional review, it could also include having an on-site production kitchen, retail store for local farm products and gardening supplies; restaurant or cafe; and space for classes and meetings which could be rented to the public.
Legal Strategies
Requires something, sets standards.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Grow, Process
State: Wisconsin
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: La Crosse
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. Small scale agriculture uses includes "educational programs on nutrition" (sec. 115-347(5)(a)(4)).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Yes. Small scale agriculture uses include "sustainable building, renewable energy and business practices," (sec. 115-347(5)(a)(4)).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Yes. Small scale agriculture uses include "Partnering with licensed incubator kitchens to produce 'value-added' products such as sauces from produce grown on the premises." Sec. 115-347(5)(a)(5).
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. Sec. 115-1.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. Sec. 115-27 includes the duties and powers of the Department of Planning and Development, Fire Department-Division of Fire Prevention and Building Safety or Engineering Department to administer the law including preparing permit applications, issuing permits, keeping records, etc. Sec. 115-27. See also sec. 115-342, describing the process for conditional use permits.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. "Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, violations of this chapter, including those provisions of the Wisconsin Statutes, Wisconsin Administrative Code, and other materials which are incorporated by reference, are a Class C offense as provided in section 1-7." Sec. 115-2(a).
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
Chapter 115 Zoning, article VI- conditional uses; § 115-347 commercial uses. History: Code 1980, § 15.26(H); Ord. No. 4844 , §§ I, II, 10-9-2014; Ord. No. 4934 , § I, 6-9-2016.