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Pittsburgh, Pa., Code of Ordinances ch. 454 (current through Aug. 29, 2019)
Brief Summary
This policy creates an adopt-a-lot program that allows the City to annually lease vacant lots for uses that include edible, rain, and/or flower gardens. Sales of unprocessed edibles or flowers grown on site under $10,000 annually are permitted under a market stand lease for $25/year.
Legal Strategies
Expressly allows something.
Creates an incentive for a change.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Grow, Get
State: Pennsylvania
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Pittsburgh
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Unclear. The policy explicitly allows for a rain garden, which absorbs and slows storm water drainage in its design, to be installed as a vacant lot project. However the policy does not directly say this allowance is for the purpose of improving environmental conditions. §§ 454.01(h),(j).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
No.
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?
No.
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?
No.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. § 454.01.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. The Open Space Specialist will execute Adopt-A-Lot Licenses and Adopt-A-Lot Leases; create rules, regulations, and/or a Vacant Lot Toolkit for participants; and the Director of the Department of City Planning shall file monthly reports with the City Council that lists all applications filed for Adopt-a-Lot Licenses and Adopt-a-Lot leases. § 454.02.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. "Violation of the terms of this Chapter... or any rules...promulgated by the Director as authorized hereunder may result in an immediate termination of the license or lease and/or a permanent loss of the privilege to participate in the Program in addition to any remedies the City may have for violations of applicable law or contract." § 454.03(k).
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
Unclear. The Director is required to file a monthly report with the city council that is incorporated into the council's meeting record and lists all applications filed for Adopt-A-Lot Licenses and Adopt-A-Lot Leases. §454.02 (d). However, it is unclear whether the monthly report is used to assess performance. §454.02 (d).
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
Unclear. It is unclear if the appointed position of open space specialist would be a new/paid position within the City. § 454.02(a).
Code context and ordinance history
This policy is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Code of Ordinances, Title 4 Public Places and Property, Article VII City Realty. History: Ord. No. 41-2015, § 1, eff. 11-2-15; Ord. No. 52-2015, § 1, eff. 12-9-15.