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Medford, Mass., Code §§ 2-549 to 2-556 (current through July 5, 2017)
Brief Summary
This law establishes a "Community Garden Commission" and sets forth various organizational details for the same including membership, jurisdiction, structure and reporting. The law also directs the commission to organize, coordinate, set policies and provide oversight for the various "community gardens" on city-owned or controlled property (with exceptions). It directs the Commission to issue regulations (it is unclear if it has done so), and allows it to set annual fees for allocated garden plots to cover necessary garden expenses, and directs that participants should be treated fairly and equitably with respect to fees.
Legal Strategies
Expressly allows something.
Requires something, sets standards.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Grow, Get
State: Massachusetts
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Medford
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?
No.
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?
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?
Yes. "There is hereby established in the City of Medford a 'Community Garden Commission.'" § 2-549. The law also describes the purpose of the Commission: "The function and purpose of the commission is to organize, coordinate, set policies and provide oversight for the various 'community gardens' as now established and to be established prospectively on property owned, controlled or managed by the City of Medford, with the specific exception of the community gardens that presently exist at Riverbend Park in Medford." §2-550.
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 law sets forth a procedures for application review, and charges the Zoning Administrator and Director of Buildings and Inspections with specific administrative responsibilities and authority. Chapter 1441.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. "Whoever violates any provision of the Cincinnati Zoning Code or fails to conform to any provision thereof or fails to obey any lawful order of the Director of Buildings and Inspections issued in pursuance thereof, is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree on the first offense and guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree on the second and subsequent offense. Each day's continuation of a violation or failure to comply is a separate offense." § 1451-09.
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
Sections 2-549 to -556 are located in Chapter 2 - Administration/ Article III. - Boards, Committees, Commissions / Division 14. - Community Garden Commission. History: Ord. No. 801, 8-11-2015.