Conyers, Ga., Code 8-7-41(l) (current through Oct. 24, 2017)
Brief Summary
Allows urban farms in the Downtown District, as a matter of right in certain subareas. Establishes permitted activities at urban farms, including allowing of on-site food donation. Exempts urban farms from occupational tax licensing requirement. Does not allow raising of animals as part of urban farm activities.
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Food System Category: Grow, Get
State: Georgia
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Conyers
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
Yes. To provide for and promote housing for all income groups and all citizens within the City (§ 8-7-2(15)); refers to "lower cost food supplies" (sec. 8-7-41(l)).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. Promote the public health (§ 8-7-2).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Yes. Efficient utilization of land (§8-7-2(3).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Yes. To protect the established character and the social and economic well being of both private and public property (§ 8-7-2(2)); To encourage economic development activities that provide desirable employment and enlarge the tax base (§ 8-7-2(12)).
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. "Urban farms are ways of incorporating food production along the rural-to-urban transect within downtown. Urban farms can encourage lower-cost food supplies because of a reduction in the energy consumption for food transport and provide a locus of recreation and sociability greater than that of the private yard." § 8-7-41(l).
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. "...the purpose of the Downtown District is to both retain the existing historic resources and development patterns within the district, as well as to promote future development that is pedestrian oriented and that provides a vibrant area for residents to live and work. A significant component of this goal is to encourage a diverse mixture of residential, civic, and commercial activities...." Sec. 8-7-41(a). See also sec. 8-7-2 (purpose section for zoning code).
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. § 8-7-41 (b ) (including a definition for "urban farm"). See also § 8-7-15.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. Powers to issue permits, administer provisions, process applications and maintain records are provided. § 8-7-121.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Unclear. This is a permissive law, so penalties are likely not applicable, but are generally provided at § 8-7-160.
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
Code context and ordinance history
Title 8 (Planning and Development), Chapter 7 (Zoning), Article B (Base District Regulations), Section 8-7-41 (D Downtown District). History: Ord. No. 868, § 1, adopted April 18, 2012; Ord. No. 881, § 1, adopted July 18, 2012; Ord. No. 923, § 1, adopted April 17, 2013; Ord. No. 945, §§ 1, 2, adopted November 20, 2013; Ord. No. 971, § 2, adopted September 17, 2014; Ord. No. 981, §§ 1, 2, adopted April 1, 2015; Ord. No. 1000, §§ 46, 47, adopted November 18, 2015; Ord. No. 1021, § 3, adopted July 20, 2016; Ord. No. 1023, § 3, adopted July 20, 2016.