Policy Summary

Creates a program to support city supported community gardens on city owned or city controlled land. Only non-profits are eligible to operate the gardens, and must apply for a garden permit, and for a supplemental license if the garden is to be on city-owned land.

Background Information

State Texas
Jurisdiction Name Austin
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 800,000+
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Limited scope
Only nonprofit organizations may apply, and creates a voluntary program.
Food System Category Grow; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Health-related goal?

Environmental goal?

Requires that gardens be "operated in a manner that includes water conservation, and in the case of eligible city land includes composting, non-polluting, and integrated pest management practices that promote a sustainable garden, and is cultivated solely for the production of organic produce." Sec. 14-7-1 (1) (b).

Economic goal?

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

Includes definitions?

§ 14-7-1

Addresses implementation?

The director shall review an application, may approve or deny a garden permit, and shall issue a permit. § 14-7-12, Art. 3 and 4.

Enforcement provisions?

"If the director determines that a non-profit organization or a participating gardener has violated or failed to comply with the terms of a garden permit or license agreement issued under this chapter, the director may immediately halt all city-supported community garden activities under the garden permit and suspend or terminate the garden permit." § 14-7-34.

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Title 14-Use of Streets and Public Property, Chapter 14-7 Sustainable Urban Agriculture. History: Ord. 20110210-017; Ord. 20131121-020.