New resource on accessing healthy food in the age of COVID-19. Featuring local government policies that accelerate, prioritize or facilitate food access during the pandemic.
View the Resource
POLICY DATABASE
Policy Summary

This section promotes sustainable development within the City by providing a menu of sustainability options to be applied. The menu includes, among other things, encouraging local production of food and promoting walkability and active transportation in urban design. It expressly allows community gardens for food supply to count towards any applicable private common open space requirements, for up to a maximum of 25% of the total requirement.

Background Information

State Nevada
Jurisdiction Name North Las Vegas
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Expressly allows something
  • Creates an incentive for a change
Reach Limited scope
This law recommends and encourages availability of land for community gardens and local food production but doesn't require it.
Food System Category Grow; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
Unclear

Encourages Safe Routes to School considerations and also housing mixes that include multi-unit housing. Table 17.24.140-1 (categories 2.4 and 5.2).

Health-related goal?
Yes

Examples include: "promoting alternative means of transportation like bicycling and walking that can improve community health while helping reduce air pollution;" and "encourage local production of food and availability of healthy food choices." § 17.24.140(A)(4)); table 17.24.140-1(2).

Environmental goal?
Yes

Examples include: "encouraging alternative energy sources;" and "protecting trees that absorb greenhouse gases and reduce storm water runoff and pollutants." § 17.24.140(A)(3),(5)).

Economic goal?
Yes

Examples include: "encouraging local production of food," and "encourage multi-level commercial and office use." § 17.24.140 (A)(2), table 17.24.140-1(5.10).

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
Yes

"This section is intended to promote sustainable development within the City of North Las Vegas by: 1. removing regulatory barriers, creating incentives, and incorporating standards for providing open space beyond the baseline code requirements; 2. encouraging local production of food; promoting safety, walkability, and excellence in urban design; 3. encouraging alternative energy sources; 4. promoting alternative means of transportation like bicycling and walking that can improve community health while helping reduce air pollution; 5. protecting trees that absorb greenhouse gases and reduce storm water runoff and pollutants; and 5. encouraging water-efficient landscaping and protecting water resources. " § 17.24.140.

Includes definitions?
Yes

Ch. 17.32 (includes a definition for "community garden").

Addresses implementation?
Yes

The duties of the City Council, the Planning Commission, and the Community Development Director in administering the zoning ordinance, including the sustainability components, are set forth in §§ 17.08.020, .030, and .040, respectively.

Enforcement provisions?
Yes

A fine of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) and/or imprisonment in the City jail for a term not to exceed six months. § 17.28.200.

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

Section 17.24.140 (Sustainability) is located in Title 17 (Zoning Ordinance), Chapter 17.24 (Development Standards). Ordinances: Ord. No. 2591, § 1 , 6-15-2011.