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Policy Summary

This law allows for special land use permits for urban farms in residential districts that allows crop agriculture and/or small or large animal agriculture to exceed the standards (e.g., number of animals, size of on-site sales area) otherwise set by the code.

Background Information

State Kansas
Jurisdiction Name Lawrence
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?
No

Health-related goal?
No

Environmental goal?
No

Economic goal?
No

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
Yes

The law states "This Development Code is intended to implement the Lawrence/Douglas County Comprehensive

Includes definitions?
Unclear

The section describes what constitutes an urban farm, but this is not labeled "definitions". § 20-551 (1)(i).

Addresses implementation?
Yes

Planning Office staff review Special Use (such as for Urban Farm) applications, the Planning Commission reviews and makes a recommendation whether to approve, and the City Commission issues or denies special land uses. § 20-551(1) and § 20-1306.

Enforcement provisions?
Yes

Special use permits may be suspended or revoked. § 20-1306(l).

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

Section 20-551 is located in the City of Lawrence, Kansas Land Development Code, Article 5 - Use Regulations. History: Ord. No. 9206, 05/03/2016.