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Policy Summary

This policy sets out design objectives for landscaping and planting plans that include environmental measures and promoting local food systems through the use of edible landscaping where appropriate.

Background Information

State Florida
Jurisdiction Name Alachua County
Jurisdiction Type County,
Population Size 50,000-200,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
No

Health-related goal?
Yes

The policy is located in the Unified Land Development Code, which has a stated purpose to "promot[e] the public health ...of the residents and property owners of Alachua County..." § 400.02.

Environmental goal?
Yes

See references in the law to "preservation of the natural environment" and "promote a reduction in stormwater pollution." §§ 407.41(b),(g).

Economic goal?
No

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
Yes

The purpose of the Unified Land Development Code is to "promot[e] the public health, safety and general welfare of the residents and property owners of Alachua County, and to encourage the orderly, harmonious and judicious use of land, consistent with the goals, policies and strategies of the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan." § 400.02

Includes definitions?
Yes

§ 410

Addresses implementation?
Yes

"No final certificate of occupancy shall be issued until the county has granted final approval and acceptance of the installed landscape as well as the protection of existing native vegetation." § 407.49.

Enforcement provisions?
Unclear

Violations of the Unified Land Development Code are subject to remedies and penalites in Sec. 409.04.

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

This policy is located in Alachua County, Florida Code of Ordinances, Part III Unified Development Code, Title 40 Land Development Regulations, Chapter 407 General Development Standards, Article IV Landscaping. History: Ord. No. 05-10, § 2, 12-8-05; Ord. No. 12-09, § 2(Exh. A), 10-9-12; Ord. No. 2018-23 , § 2(Exh. A), 10-9-18.