Policy Summary

Establishes performance standards pertaining to community gardens, addressing operation plan development, hours of operation, composting, and on site sales. Clarifies zoning requirements applicable to community gardens and provides for their expansion, permitting, and maintenance, and provides protection for neighboring land use in case of gardens not being maintained. Allows community gardens as an accessory use by right in all zone districts that does not require a community garden permit; they are also allowed as a principal use by right in all districts so long as they follow the regulations (and obtain a permit). Incidental sales of harvested goods or plants are not permitted on site unless otherwise allowed in that zone.

Background Information

State Colorado
Jurisdiction Name Pueblo
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 50,000-200,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Refers to community gardens as providing "supplementary access to affordable food." Sec. 17-4-13(a).

Emergency management?
Health-related linkage?

Refers to "local fresh food." Sec. 17-4-13(a).

Environmental linkage?

Refers to community gardens as beautifying neighborhoods and providing care for lots that could otherwise become nuisances. Sec. 17-4-13(a).

Economic linkage?

Refers to community gardens as facilitating community development. Sec. 17-4-13(a).

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"The intent of this Section is to provide regulatory authorization for community gardens and establish guidelines so that their development may remain harmonious with surrounding properties." Sec. 17-4-13(a). See also "overview" section: "This Section clarifies zoning requirements applicable to community gardens and facilitates and provides for their expansion, permitting and maintenance as well as providing protections for neighboring land uses in the event that such community gardens are not maintained." Sec. 17-4-13(b).

Includes definitions?

Sec. 17-2.

Addresses implementation?

Outlines the application process for a community garden and the administrative oversight required. See sec. 17-4-13(d).

Enforcement provisions?

Garden may be removed or altered, and any permit may be revoked. Sec. 17-4-13(g).

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Title XVII (Zoning); Chapter 4 (Zone Districts, Regulations, Use Index); Article I (Schedule of District Regulations). Ordinances: Ord. No. 8370 §2, 7-11-11.


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