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Lauderhill, Fla., Code § 5.14 (current through Nov. 30, 2017)
Brief Summary
Allows community gardens in two types of zones as a permitted use subject to the regulations in this provision. Applicants must submit a site plan (including parking, composting, etc.), explain their operating procedures, address soil issues, and any other issues as required. On site retail sales are allowed but must be conducted from stands and is limited to produce planted, cultivated, and harvested on the community garden. Law also requires an annual review of the community garden's operations.
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Expressly allows something.
Requires something, sets standards.
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Community-wide
Food System Category: Grow, Distribute
State: Florida
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Lauderhill
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
Yes. Refers to supporting economic health, providing educational opportunties for students, and increasing access to culturally appropriate food. Sec. 5.14.1.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. Refers to: improving health and "access to fresh, healthy, affordable locally produced food;" "increas[ing] access to culturally appropriate food and help[ing] residents rediscover their community's food culture;" "improv[ing] the economic health of the community;" and "foster[ing] a sense of community." Sec. 5.14.1.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Yes. Refers to "sustainable local food production" and "divert[ing] organic waste from landfills into compost." Sec. 5.14.1.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Yes. Refers to economic health, and transforming vacant property into an appealing place. Sec. 5.14.1.
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. "The purpose of this section is to promote sustainable local food production for local consumption . . . " Refers to an intent to improve health; improve access to fresh, healthy, affordable, locally grown and culturally appropriate food; promote community development and productive land uses; foster a sense of community; provide educational opportunities for students to learn about local food production; and reduce waste. Sec. 5.14.1.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. The Planning and Zoning Division takes community garden applications, and the Development Review Committee reviews and approves them based on outlined criteria. Sec. 5.14.4 and 5.14.5.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. See sec. 7.1.1 of the zoning code for penalties and remedies for violations (including removal or discontinuation of the use).
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
Yes. An annual report must be submitted to the lanning and Zoning Division, for review by the City Commission to decide whether the garden should continue, if conditions should be added, etc. The report must: "A. Document the successes and failures of the community garden; B. Identify areas of non-compliance with the Management Plan; C. Recommend appropriate changes to improve the community garden and to address failures and non-compliance issues; and D. State whether or not the community garden should continue." Sec. 5.14.6.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
Code context and ordinance history
Land Development Regulations; Article III (Zoning Districts). Ordinances: Ord. No. 14O-05-120, § 7, 7-14-2014.