Policy Summary

Provides standards and definitions for urban agriculture, including urban agriculture (limited) uses, which allows beekeeping but not chicken keeping, and accessory uses, which allows both beekeeping and keeping of chickens. Structures are allowed for both uses; for the "limited" use, processing of products grown on site is not allowed.

Background Information

State Pennsylvania
Jurisdiction Name Wilkinsburg
Jurisdiction Type Other, .
Population Size 5,000-50,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

A stated purpose of the zoning code is to "Distribute land uses to meet the physical, social, cultural, economic, and energy needs of present and future populations." § 260-105(A)(1).

Emergency management?
Health-related linkage?

Refers to protecting public health, safety, morals, and general welfare. § 260-104(A).

Environmental linkage?

One purpose of zoning code is "Preservation of environmental features, including forest, wetlands, aquifers, prime agricultural land, steep slopes, and floodplains as deemed appropriate." § 260-104(L)

Economic linkage?

One purpose of zoning is to "Provide for land uses that serve important public needs including a variety of housing options and employment generators." § 260-105(A)(3).

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"This chapter is adopted in accordance with the MPC, community development objectives and the Comprehensive Plan. The purpose of this chapter is to promote, protect and facilitate any of the following: (1) Public health, safety, morals, and general welfare, (2) Coordinated and practical community development, ...." § 260-104.

Includes definitions?

§ 260-202

Addresses implementation?

The Zoning officer's duties include: "administering this chapter ..., including to receive and examine all applications ... and issue or refuse permits ..., conduct inspections to determine compliance, and receive complaints of violation ...." and keeping of records § 260-1010(B). "The Borough Council shall establish and revise, ... a schedule of fees by resolution, as well as a collection procedure, for all applications submitted .... § 260-1008. "The regulations and provisions of this chapter may be amended ..., upon recommendation of the Planning Commission or the Borough Council." § 260-1009.

Enforcement provisions?

If a violation has occurred, "the Borough shall initiate enforcement proceedings by sending an enforcement notice as provided in this section." § 260-1005. "Any person, partnership or corporation who or which has violated or permitted the violation ... shall, upon being found liable therefor in a civil enforcement proceeding ..., pay a judgment of not more than $500, plus all court costs, including reasonable attorney fees incurred by Wilkinsburg Borough as a result thereof." § 260-1007(A).

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Chapter 260 (Zoning), Article IV (Express Standards and Criteria for Special Exemptions and Conditional Uses), Sections 260-406.33 and 406.34 (Urban Agriculture and Limited/Urban Agriculture, Accessory Use). History: Adopted as part of an ordinance adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Wilkinsburg 8-7-2013 by Ord. No. 2912.


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