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Policy Summary

This law outlines standards for market gardens. It specifically allows market gardens in all base zoning districts and allows for the raising of fowl, rabbits, and aquatic foods using aquaponic systems if specified requirements are met. It does include some limitations such as restrictions on sales and the requirement that a dwelling unit must be located on the site.

Background Information

State Texas
Jurisdiction Name Austin
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 800,000+
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Prohibits/discourages something
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow; Distribute;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Health-related goal?

Environmental goal?

The use of synthetic inputs is prohibited, Environmental Criteria, Water conservation practices (§ 25-2-864)

Economic goal?

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

Includes definitions?

§ 25-1-21

Addresses implementation?

Sections 25-1-41 through -46 outline various duties for accountable entities. These are mainly decision making duties and relate generally to the provisions of the Land Development title, rather than to this section specifically.

Enforcement provisions?

"A person who violates this title commits a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $2000." § 25-1-462

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

"Austin, Texas - Land Development Code, TITLE 25. - LAND DEVELOPMENT, CHAPTER 25-2. - ZONING, SUBCHAPTER C. - USE AND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS, ARTICLE 4. - ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN USES, Division 4. - Other Uses, § 25-2-864 - MARKET GARDENS. History: Ord. 20131121-105, Pt. 4, 3-21-14 . "