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Policy Summary

This provision sets standards for farmers' markets, and encourages all farmers' markets and their vendors" to "work to accept forms of payment by participants of federal, state, or local food assistance programs, including but not limited to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as "food stamps"; Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program; and the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program. Such forms of payment include but are not limited to coupons, vouchers and Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards."

Background Information

State New Mexico
Jurisdiction Name Silver City
Jurisdiction Type Town/Township,
Population Size 5,000-50,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Provides education, promotes awareness, or provides information
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Distribute; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
Yes

"All farmers' markets and their vendors are encouraged and should work to accept forms of payment by participants of federal, state, or local food assistance programs, including but not limited to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as "food stamps"; Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program; and the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program." § 3.3(M)(5).

Health-related goal?
Yes

See references to the following language: "[p]romote and protect the public health" § 1.3; "health permits." § 3.3(M)(2).

Environmental goal?
Unclear

A stated purpose of the Land Use and Zoning code is to "reduce sprawling development that results in the inefficient use of irreplaceable natural energy resources." § 1.3.8. However, this does not seem applicable to subsection 3.3.1(M).

Economic goal?
Yes

See the following language" "All farmers' markets and their vendors are encouraged and should work to accept forms of payment by participants of federal, state, or local food assistance programs, including but not limited to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as "food stamps"; Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program; and the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program." (§ 3.3(M)(5)); and "[t]o protect and improve the ...[Town's] social and economic stability" (§ 1.3.2).

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
Yes

"The purpose of the Town of Silver City Land Use Code is to promote and protect the public health, safety, peace, comfort and general welfare while allowing for cost saving efficiencies. The Town of Silver City Land Use Code is a comprehensive, unified set of regulations which govern the subdivision of land, the development of land and the use of land. The Town of Silver City Land Use Code is adopted for the following particular purposes; To implement the goals and policies of the [Town's] Comprehensive Plan ...; as well as other goals and policies adopted by the Town Council related to growth and development, To protect and improve ... the social and economic stability of the existing residential, commercial and other land uses within the Town, To promote good planning practice and to provide a regulatory mechanism that includes appropriate performance standards for development within the Town, To prevent the adverse impacts of development on the availability of water, ... To encourage a more efficient use of land and public services ...To promote safe and efficient transportation facilities for motor vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians, To promote alternative land development practices that will otherwise promote the public health, safety and general welfare, To reduce sprawling development that results in the inefficient use of irreplaceable natural energy resources." § 1.3.

Includes definitions?
Yes

Art. II

Addresses implementation?
Unclear

Numerous general duties and responsibilities listed within Article VI of the Land Use and Zoning Code. Art. VI.

Enforcement provisions?
Yes

Violations of the provisions of this Land Use Code or failure to comply with any of its requirements, including violations of any conditions and safeguards established in connection with grants of variances or special use or conditional use permits shall constitute a petty misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $500.00, or a maximum of 90 days imprisonment, or both. (NMSA 1978, § 3-17-1). § 8.4.1.

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

Subsection 3.3.1 (Specific Use Standards) is located in Appendix C (Land Use and Zoning Code of 2010), Article III (District Regulations), Section 3.3 (Use Regulations). History: Ord. No. 1239, 6-9-2015.