Policy Summary

This law establishes requirements for the City's Healthy Neighborhoods Overlay District. The law requires, e.g., that small box discount stores within the district must be at least 5,280 feet away from each other, with exceptions for prescription pharmacies and businesses selling gasoline or diesel; businesses with at least 500 square feet dedicated to fresh meat, fruit and vegetables; and grocery stores. It also establishes parking requirements for grocery stores within the district and indicates the governing regulations for community gardens within the district.

Background Information

State Oklahoma
Jurisdiction Name Tulsa
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Prohibits/discourages something
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Limited scope
This law only applies to the Healthy Neighborhood Overlay (HNO) District, which is a particular site (rather than a generally applicable zoning district designation). §§ 20.010, 20.060.
Food System Category Distribute; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Emergency management?
Health-related linkage?

The section is entitled "Healthy Neighborhoods Overlay." See also references to fresh fruits and vegetables. § 20.060.

Environmental linkage?

Economic linkage?

See language regarding intent to "encourage a greater diversity of retail activity and purchasing options within the area," and "promote investment and development in a community where change is desired." §20.060 (1)(c), (e).

Includes findings?

Although not labeled "findings," the general purpose and intent statement for the chapter indicates that "overlay zoning districts work to modify or supplement the regulations imposed by base zoning district when necessary to address special situations or accomplish specific city goals." § 20.010-A.

Has a stated intent or purpose?

The purpose of the healthy neighborhoods overlay (HNO) is to modify... regulations in a specified area where there is a desire for greater diversity in retail options and convenient access to fresh meats, fruits and vegetables." § 20.060(1).

Includes definitions?

Ch. 95.

Addresses implementation?

Although specific implementation details for the section are not provided, the law does specify that nonconformities are governed by Chapter 80. §20-060-F. Also, the Board of Adjustment has the powers and duties that are expressly identified in this zoning code, including hearing and acting on applications for variances, special exceptions." §75.010-J. Additional administrative details pertaining to the Board of Adjustment, including e.g., rules of procedure are set forth in section 75.010. § 75-010.

Enforcement provisions?

"The city has all remedies and enforcement powers allowed by law, including" fines ("any person violating any provisions of this zoning code or failing to comply with any of its requirements may be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $1,200.00 or by imprisonment"); withholding of permits; revocation of permits; stoppage of work; injunctive relief; forfeiture and confiscation of signs on public property; abatement; and such other penalties and remedies as are provided by law. §85.040-I.

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

This section is located in Title 42 Tulsa Revised Ordinances Zoning and Property Restrictions, Chapter 20 Overlay Districts. History: not indicated.


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