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Policy Summary

This policy creates standards for the permitting, placement and maintenance of edible landscapes on certain City-owned land to "encourage the planting and harvesting of locally-grown fruits, vegetables, nuts and other edible plant forms for public consumption." All plants and a planting plan must be approved by the city and followed by the permitee.

Background Information

State Wisconsin
Jurisdiction Name Madison
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
No

Health-related goal?
Yes

The purpose section states the law is intended to "encourage the planting and harvesting of locally-grown fruits, vegetables, nuts…" § 8.33(1).

Environmental goal?
No

Economic goal?
No

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
Yes

"The purpose of this ordinance is to encourage the planting and harvesting of locally-grown fruits, vegetables, nuts and other edible plant forms for public consumption, and to regulate the permitting, placement and maintenance of such edible landscapes on certain City-owned land." § 8.33(1).

Includes definitions?
Yes

§ 8.33(3)

Addresses implementation?
Yes

"The Food and Alcohol Policy Administrator shall ...with the relevant Department or Division Heads, establish a standard application and permitting process ...[t]his process shall be submitted to the Food Policy Council for its review and approval." § 8.33(4).

Enforcement provisions?
Yes

Penalites for failing to comply are denial of permit renewal or permit termination. § 8.33(6)(l).

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
Unclear

The policy appears to create a new program or at least administrative process and responsibility for city staff.

Code context and ordinance history

This policy is located in Madison, Wisconsin Code of Ordinances, Chapter 8 Public Property. History: Sec. 8.33 Cr. by ORD-13-00063, 4-24-13, Am. by ORD-15-00116, 10-28-15.