Policy Summary

This is an ordinance amending Atlanta Zoning Code Sec. 16-29.001 to add a definition of farmers' markets and to allow farmers’ markets as a permitted use throughout various zoning districts, including residential districts. it also establishes the conditions under which they are permitted. Requires that at least 75% of the products displayed are farm products or value-added farm products, and that at least 75% of the vendors participating are producers, or their employees, agents, or family members.

Background Information

State Georgia
Jurisdiction Name Atlanta
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Expressly allows something
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Refers to "affordable food." See "whereas" clauses at 1.

Emergency management?
Health-related linkage?

See e.g., references to "healthy" and "public health." See whereas clauses at 1.

Environmental linkage?

See e.g., references to "sustainable future growing," and "least possible impact on nature." See "whereas" clauses at 1.

Economic linkage?

See, e.g., this language "support local agriculture and economic development." See "whereas" clauses at 1.

Includes findings?

Findings note that "within the City there is an increased interest and demand for access to locally grown and raised food." Findings also refer to a goal of increasing access to healthy, locally grown and affordable food in the city; promoting sustainable food production; and to allowing local food producers to sell directly to people, including in residential zones, while also preserving the residential character of these areas. See "whereas" clauses at 1.

Has a stated intent or purpose?

Although not labeled "intent" or "purpose" the "whereas" clauses at the beginning of the ordinance demonstrate intent. They include, e.g., the following: "the Mayor's Office of Sustainability seeks to promote policies for a sustainable future growing, developing and consuming with the least possible impact on nature;" and " the City desires to increase access to healthy, local, and affordable foods; encourage community-building; and support local agriculture and economic development." See "whereas" clauses at 1.

Includes definitions?

See amendments to Section 16-29.001(32)(d) located in Section 1 of this ordinance. § 1.

Addresses implementation?

Director of Office of Planning must approve the special administrative permit for a farmers' market and has authority to determine necessary documentation required for a permit. § 2 at 2-3 (amending §16-25.002 (4)(f)) and (4)(g)(vi)).

Enforcement provisions?

The farmers' market special administrative permit may be revoked for violation of the zoning ordinance provisions regulating farmers' markets. § 2 at 4 (amending §16-25.002 (4)(j)).

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

This is an uncodified ordinance (Ord. No. 10-O-1773, Sep. 15, 2011). History: amends Section 16-29.001, 16-25.002, and 16-3.005(2)(a) of the Atlanta Zoning Ordinance.


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