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Alachua County, Fla., Code of Ordinances § 407.41 (current as of May 8, 2019)
Brief 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.
Legal Strategies
Requires something, sets standards.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Grow
State: Florida
Jurisdiction Type: County
Jurisdiction Name: Alachua County
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. 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.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Yes. See references in the law to "preservation of the natural environment" and "promote a reduction in stormwater pollution." §§ 407.41(b),(g).
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 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.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. § 410.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
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.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Unclear. Violations of the Unified Land Development Code are subject to remedies and penalites in Sec. 409.04.
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 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.