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Supporting Healthy Food Access—Are There Local Laws For That?
Palo Alto, Cal., Code of Ordinances § 18.40.130(e)(6)(1) (current through Aug. 5, 2019)
This code encourages the use of sustainable agricultural landscaping, including rooftop and edible gardens, for multi-family, commercial, and industrial develoments.
Expressly allows something.
Food System Category:
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. This policy is located within the zoning code, which includes among its purposes to "promote and protect the public health." § 18.01.020.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Yes. "The purpose of the section is to encourage … sustainable landscape design" and can help provide "permeable surfaces for storm water management." § 18.40.130.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Yes. See reference to sustainable landscape design "contribut[ing] to economic vitality" and "reduc[ing] the need for frequent infrastructure repair." § 18.40.130(a).
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. "The purpose of this section is to encourage creative and sustainable landscape design that enhances structures, open space areas, streetscapes and parking areas." § 18.40.130(a).
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
Code context and ordinance history
This policy is located in Palo Alto, California Code of Ordinances, Title 18 Zoning, Chapter 18.40 General Standards and Exceptions, Section 18.40.130 Landscaping. History: Ord. 4934 § 3 (part), 2007.