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Policy Summary

This section establishes the purpose of the City's A-S Small Lot Agriculture District, which is intended to ensure that urban agriculture and community gardens in the urban service area are located to meet the needs for local food production. It also provides that the district may be applied to areas where smaller agricultural parcels form a portion of a contiguous agricultural block of land and where non-agricultural development would be incompatible with surrounding agricultural use.

Background Information

State Wisconsin
Jurisdiction Name Fitchburg
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 5,000-50,000
Legal Strategies
  • Expressly allows something
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Health-related goal?

Environmental goal?

Local food production (§22-538)

Economic goal?

Local food production, "support agricultural processing and service industries" (§22-538).

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"The purposes of the A-S Small Lot Agriculture District are to: (1) Preserve productive agricultural land for food and fiber production; (2) Maintain a viable agricultural base to support agricultural processing and service industries; (3) Prevent conflicts between incompatible uses; and (4) Reduce costs for providing services to scattered nonfarm uses on zoning lots below 35 acres in size. (§ 22-538)"

Includes definitions?

Addresses implementation?

Enforcement provisions?

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Fitchburg, Wisconsin - Code of Ordinances, TITLE II LAND USE AND DEVELOPMENT, Chapter 22 - ZONING, ARTICLE V. - AGRICULTURAL DISTRICTS, DIVISION 4. - A-S SMALL LOT AGRICULTURE DISTRICT, Sec. 22-538. - Purpose. History: Ord. No. 2010-O-09, 10-12-2010; Ord. No. 2013-O-33, § 1, 1-14-2014