This provision describes land that is appropriate for the City's "Community Garden Open Space Subdistricts." (Community gardens are one of nine possible open space subdistricts--open space districts are designed to protect and preserve open spaces through land use regulations). Specifically, it provides that "Community Garden open space (OS-G) sub districts shall consist of land appropriate for and limited to the cultivation of herbs, fruits, flowers, or vegetables, including the cultivation and tillage of soil and the production, cultivation, growing, and harvesting of any agricultural, floricultural, or horticultural commodity; such land may include Vacant Public Land." Note that Boston's Zoning Code includes a separate chapter devoted to "Urban Agriculture" (see Article 89, Section 89-1 et seq.).
This policy may correspond to diet-related strategies identified by the County Health Rankings’ What Works for Health tool, including:
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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.
See, e.g., references to "conservation," and "air pollution." § 33-2.
See reference to "harvesting of any agricultural... or horticultural commodity." § 33-8.
"The purposes of this article are to encourage the preservation of open space for community gardens.... to enhance the quality of life of the city's residents by permanently protecting its open space resources; ...and to ensure the provision of adequate natural light and air quality by protecting the supply of vegetation and open space throughout Boston." § 33-2.
§ 33-3 ("community garden" is not defined).
The article where this law is located directs that ""open space subdistricts may be established by the Zoning Commission only on land within an OS zoning district"" and sets out other eligibility requirements. § 33-6, -7.
Section 33-8 is located in the Boston Redevelopment Authority Zoning Code, Article 33 - Open Space Subdistricts / Section 33-8. - Community Garden Open Space Subdistricts. History: not specified.