POLICY DATABASE
Policy Summary

This provision describes "urban agricultural gardens" and recognizes that "most community gardens share at least four (4) elements in common: land (or a place to grow something); plantings; gardeners; and some sort of organizing arrangements. Land for a community garden can be publicly or privately held." The provision also acknowledges the tradition of cleaning-up abandoned vacant lots and turning them into productive gardens in urban areas and their value as a health or recreational amenity. See sections 302-10 and 312-30 for laws that incorporate the term "urban agricultural garden."

Background Information

State Florida
Jurisdiction Name Dania Beach
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 5,000-50,000
Legal Strategies
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
No

Health-related goal?
Yes

"health or recreational amenity" (§ 312-50).

Environmental goal?
No

Economic goal?
No

Includes findings?
Unclear

Although not labeled "findings" the following language is included: "For all their diversity, however, most community gardens share at least four (4) elements in common: land (or a place to grow something); plantings; gardeners; and some sort of organizing arrangements. Land for a community garden can be publicly or privately held. One (1) strong tradition in community gardening in urban areas is cleaning up abandoned vacant lots and turning them into productive gardens. Alternatively, community gardens can be seen as a health or recreational amenity and included in public parks, similar to ball fields or playgrounds." § 312-50.

Has a stated intent or purpose?
Yes

This article contains general rules governing the use of land within the city, including rules for interpreting the lists of permitted, special exception and prohibited uses in articles 105 through 115, and article 302. This article also identifies the intent and purpose of each zoning district within the city. § 100-10.

Includes definitions?
Yes

This section provides a definition of urban agricultural garden. § 312-50. See sections 302-10 and 312-30 for provisions that incorporate the term.

Addresses implementation?
No

Enforcement provisions?
Unclear

Penalties for violations of the Land Development Code are set forth at article 705. Art. 705. It is unclear if any would apply to section 312-50.

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

Dania Beach, Florida - Code of Ordinances, PART II - CODE OF ORDINANCES, Chapter 28 - LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE, SUBPART 1. - COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AREA (CRA) FORM-BASED ZONING DISTRICTS, ARTICLE 312. - CIVIC OPEN SPACE; STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES, Sec. 312-50. - Urban agricultural garden. History: Ord. No. 2010-20, § 2(Exh. A), 9-14-10.