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Waco, Tex., Code §§ 13-453 to 13-463 (current through Sept. 14, 2017)
Brief Summary
This law regulates operation, permitting and fees for community gardens. Specific issues addressed include: noises and odors; and building, electrical, and other codes. Community gardens may only be operated by a nonprofit organization, church, neighborhood association, school district, or government entity. An annual permit is required, unless the garden is an accessory use to a principal use that is permitted by city law.
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Expressly allows something.
Requires something, sets standards.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Grow, Get
State: Texas
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Waco
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. "The purpose of the regulations set forth in this article is to transform vacant land into a productive and valuable community asset in the form of a community garden that will produce food, flowers, and/or other vegetation." §13-453.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. §13-454.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. Annual permit application and review policies are addressed, in addition to details regarding fee-setting. §§ 13-456, 458.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. "The city may immediately revoke or suspend the permit, or deny either the issuance or renewal thereof." § 13-462.
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 13-453 to 13-463 are located in Chapter 13 - Licenses, Permits and Business Regulations, / Article XII. - Community Gardens. History: Ord. No. 2013-482, § 1, 8-20-13.