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Policy Summary

This language defines, for purposes of the city's "general zoning" provisions, "community gardens," as "use of a site for growing or harvesting food crops or ornamental crops on an agricultural basis, by a group of individuals for personal or group use, consumption or donation." Within section 17.40.020 there are also definitions for "parks and open areas" which include "community gardens;" and for "community facilities" which are "uses of a public or nonprofit nature that provide a local service to people of the community," including "community gardens." See also use standards in chapters 17.07 to 17.14 to identify where community gardens and other community facilities are allowed with or without a permit.

Background Information

State South Dakota
Jurisdiction Name Belle Fourche
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 5,000-50,000
Food System Category Grow; Distribute;
Evidence for Health

This policy may correspond to diet-related strategies identified by the County Health Rankings’ What Works for Health tool, including:

For research on the potential effectiveness, please review the category links above.

We understand that this information is not comprehensive. It also does not include other important forms of evidence such as community members’ lived experiences and practice-based evidence.

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
Yes

The definition of community garden contemplates "donation." § 17.40.020

Health-related goal?
Yes

The definition of community garden includes "harvesting food crops" for "consumption or donation." § 17.40.020. Also, though not specific to the definition of "community gardens," the stated purposes of the planning and zoning title include health-related aims, including "to promote the safety, health, convenience, and general welfare." § 17.02.040.

Environmental goal?
Yes

Though not specific to the definition of "community gardens," the stated purposes of the planning and zoning title include several environmentally-related aims, including "to encourage the use of lands and natural resources in the City in accordance with their character, adaptability, and suitability for particular purposes;" "to prevent excessive concentration of population;" and "to lessen congestion on the public streets and highways." § 17.02.040.

Economic goal?
Yes

Though not specific to the definition of "community gardens," the stated purposes of the planning and zoning title include economic-related aims, including "to conserve social and economic stability." § 17.02.040.

Has a stated intent or purpose?
Yes

"The purpose for the larger planning and zoning title, where this definition sits is ""to promote the safety, health, convenience, and general welfare; to encourage the use of lands and natural resources in the City in accordance with their character, adaptability, and suitability for particular purposes; to conserve social and economic stability, property values, and the general character and trend of community development; to prevent excessive concentration of population; to lessen congestion on the public streets and highways; and, to facilitate the adequate provision of streets and highways, sewerage and drainage, water supply and distribution, education, and other public resources, by establishing herein standards for community development in accordance with these objectives and by providing for the enforcement of such standards."" § 17.02.040. (Ord. 7-2015, 2-3-2"

Includes definitions?
Yes

This provision sits within the definitions found at § 17.40.020.

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