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North Las Vegas, Nev., Code § 17.24.140 (current through April 26, 2018)
Brief Summary
This section promotes sustainable development within the City by providing a menu of sustainability options to be applied. The menu includes, among other things, encouraging local production of food and promoting walkability and active transportation in urban design. It expressly allows community gardens for food supply to count towards any applicable private common open space requirements, for up to a maximum of 25% of the total requirement.
Legal Strategies
Expressly allows something.
Creates an incentive for a change.
Reach
Limited scope. This law recommends and encourages availability of land for community gardens and local food production but doesn't require it.
Food System Category: Grow, Get
State: Nevada
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: North Las Vegas
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
Unclear. Encourages Safe Routes to School considerations and also housing mixes that include multi-unit housing. Table 17.24.140-1 (categories 2.4 and 5.2).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. Examples include: "promoting alternative means of transportation like bicycling and walking that can improve community health while helping reduce air pollution;" and "encourage local production of food and availability of healthy food choices." § 17.24.140(A)(4)); table 17.24.140-1(2).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Yes. Examples include: "encouraging alternative energy sources;" and "protecting trees that absorb greenhouse gases and reduce storm water runoff and pollutants." § 17.24.140(A)(3),(5)).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Yes. Examples include: "encouraging local production of food," and "encourage multi-level commercial and office use." § 17.24.140 (A)(2), table 17.24.140-1(5.10).
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 intended to promote sustainable development within the City of North Las Vegas by: 1. removing regulatory barriers, creating incentives, and incorporating standards for providing open space beyond the baseline code requirements; 2. encouraging local production of food; promoting safety, walkability, and excellence in urban design; 3. encouraging alternative energy sources; 4. promoting alternative means of transportation like bicycling and walking that can improve community health while helping reduce air pollution; 5. protecting trees that absorb greenhouse gases and reduce storm water runoff and pollutants; and 5. encouraging water-efficient landscaping and protecting water resources. " § 17.24.140.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. Ch. 17.32 (includes a definition for "community garden").
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. The duties of the City Council, the Planning Commission, and the Community Development Director in administering the zoning ordinance, including the sustainability components, are set forth in §§ 17.08.020, .030, and .040, respectively.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. A fine of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) and/or imprisonment in the City jail for a term not to exceed six months. § 17.28.200.
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
Section 17.24.140 (Sustainability) is located in Title 17 (Zoning Ordinance), Chapter 17.24 (Development Standards). Ordinances: Ord. No. 2591, § 1 , 6-15-2011.