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Policy Summary

Provides general regulation pertaining to six Downtown Overlay Zones. Features urban agriculture related uses as a permitted use in all districts. "Urban agriculture" includes growing of plants and crops, but not animal husbandry; also includes aquaculture and community gardens (which must be operated by a public or non-profit organization, and may grow flowers and produce for household use, sale, or donation). Greenhouses and other structures are also allowed, and may exceed maximum height limits. Greenhouses that are dedicated to produce are given even more latitude.

Background Information

State New York
Jurisdiction Name New Rochelle
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 50,000-200,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Limited scope
These provisions apply only to the City's Downtown Overlay Zones.
Food System Category Grow;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
Unclear

Refers to "principles of social, economic and environmental responsibility" (§ 83-175.02(B)).

Health-related goal?
Yes

Promote the health, safety and general welfare of the Town. § 331-175.02(B).

Environmental goal?
Yes

This Article is intended to create an opportunity for a more economically successful and environmentally responsible City and downtown. § 331-175.02(B).

Economic goal?
Yes

This Article is intended to create an opportunity for a more economically successful and environmentally responsible City and downtown. § 331-175.02(B).

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
Yes

"""This Article is intended to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the City by creating a holistic and comprehensive economic development strategy that utilizes the principles of social, economic and environmental responsibility to re-establish the downtown as a center of vibrancy within a mixed-use, transit oriented setting. [It] is intended to create an opportunity for a more economically successful and environmentally responsible City and downtown with a more harmonious and pedestrian-oriented public realm.... The primary purpose of this Article is to institute a legally enforceable form-based code within the DOZ, based upon the [city's Comprehensive Plan and other planning documents]."" § 331-175.02 (B) and (C)."

Includes definitions?
Yes

§ 331-175.04

Addresses implementation?
Yes

Administrative duties and responsibilities are addressed in §331-175.14.

Enforcement provisions?
Yes

Planning Board may revoke development approval. See §331-175.14(F).

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

Uncodified law to be codified at Part II, General Legislation; Chapter 331, Zoning; Article XXII (Downtown Overlay Zones). History: Local Law No. 233-2015, adopted 12-8-2015, added Article XXII, Downtown Overlay Zones, §§ 331-175, and 331-175.1 through 331-175.21. Search for "urban agriculture" to find definitions and other standards.