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Narberth, Pa., Ordinance 979 ( Mar. 20, 2015)
Brief Summary
This law sets forth permitting requirements and process for farmers markets and associated regulatory requirements. It includes a requirement that farmers' markets accept all forms of payment from people who participate in any kind of local, state, or federal nutrition assistance program.
Legal Strategies
Requires something, sets standards.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Distribute, Get
State: Pennsylvania
Jurisdiction Type: Other
Jurisdiction Name: Narberth
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
Yes. Each Producer vendor shall accept all forms of payment by participants of federal, state, or local food assistance programs, including, but not limited to the Food Stamps/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; the Women, Infants, and Children (" WIC") Farmers' Market Nutrition Program; and the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program. Forms of payment include, but are not limited to, coupons, vouchers, and Electronic Benefit Transfer ("EBT") cards. § 5.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. Ordinance refers to Montgomery County Health Department (§ 4); and to nutrition assistance programs (§5).
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. Law requires vendors to accept all forms of payment, whether coupons, vouchers, and Electronic Benefit Transfer ("EBT") cards, from nutrition program participants. (§ 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?
Unclear. Although not labeled "intent" or "purpose," the "whereas" clauses indicate a purpose of "permitting the operation of Farmers' Markets in designated locations within Narberth Borough" and the adoption of "rules and regulations for the operation of Farmers' Markets and to protect the public health, safety, and general welfare." See ordinance.
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?
Unclear. The law impliedly assigns permitting/licensing and review steps to the county health department and zoning officer respectively. § 4.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. "A permit shall be suspended or revoked, and the Farmers' Market immediately closed, if the operation of the Farmers' Market violates any of the provisions of this ordinance or the conditions set forth in the permit." § 9.
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
This is an uncodified ordinance. History: approved by the Mayor on March 20, 2015.