Policy Summary

This section sets standards for urban farms and community gardens and establishes that urban farms shall generally be permitted as a principal or accessory use within non-residential zoning districts, with some exceptions. The law also recognizes the health, environmental and economic benefits of urban agriculture and local food production.

Background Information

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

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Refers to school gardens, food security (§ 47-18.41 (A)).

Emergency management?
Health-related linkage?

health, food security (§ 47-18.41 (A))

Environmental linkage?

environmental sustainability, local production of food (§ 47-18.41 (A))

Economic linkage?

Refers to urban agriculture as having "economic benefits;" innovative food production, local production of food, food security and urban agriculture can "maximize production in a small area that may have the ability to supply urban farmers markets and community supported agriculture." (§ 47-18.41 (A).)

Includes findings?

Although not labeled findings, section 47.18.41 provides the following language: "Urban farms promote the local production of food primarily for sale to local sellers and consumers residing or doing business in Broward County, Florida. Community gardens promote the local production of food for use or consumption by the individuals directly involved in the food production." §47.18.41

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"The purpose of permitting urban agriculture is to promote local food production for local consumption and promote the health, environmental and economic benefits of having such uses. Urban agriculture comprises of community and school gardens; backyard and rooftop horticulture; and other innovative food production methods that maximize production in a small area that may have the ability to supply urban farmers markets and community supported agriculture. Urban agriculture is a complex activity, addressing issues central to community food security, neighborhood development, environmental sustainability, land use planning and agricultural and food systems. (§ 47-18.41) "

Includes definitions?

§ 47-35

Addresses implementation?

"Implementation details are set forth at section 47-18.41, including application requirements, review and approval process details. § 47-18.41. "

Enforcement provisions?

Generally violations of the Land Development Code are subject to "punish[ment] as provided in Section 1-6 of Volume I of the Code," which is outside of the Land Development Code. §47-34.2.

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

"Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Unified Land Development Code ARTICLE III. - DEVELOPMENT REQUIREMENTS SECTION 47-18. - SPECIFIC USE REQUIREMENTS Sec. 47-18.41. - Urban farms and community gardens. ( Ord. No. C-12-24, § 1, 7-10-12 )"


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