Policy Summary

Allows urban agriculture uses as a primary or accessory use in all zone districts. An annual permit is needed when urban agriculture use is the primary use, or if an accessory use and the land being used is more than a quarter of an acre. Otherwise, no permit is needed. Provides for regulations relating to equipment/machinery, pesticide use, stormwater run off management, and fences. For purposes of this section, "urban agriculture" only refers to growing of plants/produce. But other areas of the code address other types of agricultural and urban agricultural uses.

Background Information

State Iowa
Jurisdiction Name Cedar Rapids
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 50,000-200,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Emergency management?
Health-related linkage?

"Promote and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public " Sec. 32.01.050(A)(1) and sec. 32.04.030 (ii).

Environmental linkage?

"Reduce the negative environmental effects of development while protecting and enhancing the value of developed properties and the surrounding area" (sec. 32.01.050(A)(18)).

Economic linkage?

"Creating an urban environment that is aesthetically pleasing and that promotes economic development through an enhanced quality of life" (sec. 32.01.050(A)(1)).

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"The purpose of creating a definition and standards for Urban Agriculture is to allow for agricultural operations to exist within developed portions of the city and to set requirements that ensure compatibility with adjacent land uses. ... The purpose of this Section is to provide requirements and conditions relating to the establishment and operation of urban agricultural operations. Urban agricultural operations in established neighborhoods should be carefully considered and reviewed to ensure compatibility and reduce potential land use conflicts." Sec. 32.04.030, par. 44(a).

Includes definitions?

"Urban Agriculture refers to agricultural activities allowed within an urban setting." Sec. 32.04.030, par. 44(a).

Addresses implementation?

Describes the "powers and duties of staff, the Development Services Department staff, the Board of Adjustment, the City Planning Commission, and the City Council in the administration of this Ordinance in relation to reviewing and approving applications." Sec. 32.02.010.

Enforcement provisions?

"Any person or entity whose actions meet any of the definitions of violations of this Ordinance who violates, disobeys, omits, neglects, or refuses to comply with, or who resists the enforcement of any of the provisions of this Ordinance shall, upon conviction, be fined a total of not more than five hundred (500) dollars, or be imprisoned for not more than thirty (30) days." Sec. 32.08.090.

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Chapter 32-Zoning; Section 32.04--Permitted uses; § 32.04.030-Use Specific Standards, paragraph 44-Urban Agriculture.


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