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Policy Summary

This section establishes standards for chicken and beekeeping and requires a permit for the same that allows up to six chicken hens or chicks and no more than two beehive stands in association with one single-family residence, per parcel in town as an allowed by right urban agriculture use. It also specifically provides that the keeping of a garden for the production of fruit or vegetables shall not require an urban agriculture zoning permit and shall be allowed by right in all zoning districts.

Background Information

State Virginia
Jurisdiction Name Christiansburg
Jurisdiction Type Town/Township,
Population Size 5,000-50,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
No

Health-related goal?
Yes

See references to these words: "clean and sanitary," "protection of the public health," "fruit or vegetables." § 42-663.

Environmental goal?
No

Economic goal?
No

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
No

Includes definitions?
Yes

§ 42-1

Addresses implementation?
Yes

The zoning administrator is to review site drawing and management plans. §. 42-663.

Enforcement provisions?
Yes

Revocation of urban agriculture zoning permit. § 42-663. See also, § 42-14 regarding general enforcement provisions for the chapter.

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

Christiansburg, Virginia - Code of Ordinances, Chapter 42 - ZONING ARTICLE XXII. - MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS ,Sec. 42-663. - Urban agriculture; zoning permit required. History: Ord. No. 2016-1, 2-23-2016.