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Seattle, Wash., Ord. No. 123090 (filed Sept. 24, 2009)
Brief Summary
The uncodified ordinance made permanent a pilot farmers' markets program and streamlined the permit process for farmers' markets. Also includes a fee schedule for various permits.
Legal Strategies
Expressly allows something.
Creates an incentive for a change in practice or behavior to promote access to healthy food.
Reach
Limited scope. It establishes a voluntary program.
Food System Category: Distribute, Get
State: Washington
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Seattle
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. "improved access to high quality fresh fruits and vegetables" (Section 1, subd. 1).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Yes. Preservation of local farm land and provide market for regionally grown foods(Section 1, subd.1);.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Yes. Refers to farmers markets as being "an important contributor to . . . Seattle's economic and cultural life," (first Whereas clause); as providing "fresh, regionally produced farm products," "increased commerce for adjacent businesses," and as a "vitally important source of revenue" for local farmers. Section 1, subd. 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?
Yes. Section one includes findings about economic impact of farmers' markets on Seattle; also includes whereas clauses that describe challenges for farmers' markets relating to fees.
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?
No.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. Refers to Attachment A, which described and implemented the pilot program; also refers to the Office of Economic Development as being "authorized and directed to" issue rules or amend rules to implement the program, and includes other directives for the OED (section 2).
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
No.
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
Uncodified ordinance passed 9-21-2009; also known as Council Bill No. 116612. Amended Ordinance No. 122850 and 122295; and amended Seattle Municipal Code 11.26.260C, Schedule B, Table 22.602.045B, and 3.14.620. Did not check for updating because multiple code provisions were involved.