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Food Code City Council Hearing June 7; Inventory Closed

City Council will hold a hearing on this project June 7, 2012 at 2 p.m.

Project staff recently collected information to build an inventory of existing Market Gardens, Food Membership Distribution Sites, and Farmers Markets. Those included in the inventory established their right to continue to operate—at the level they are currently operating—even if they don’t meet the new regulations approved by City Council.

Inclusion in the inventory was offered as a service through June 6, 2012; the inventory is now closed. Those not on the inventory have the same rights as those on the inventory, but may be required to go through a more rigorous process to document that they existed to be eligible for “grandfather rights.”

City Council will hold a hearing on this project June 7, 2012 at 2 p.m.

Planning and Sustainability Commission's Recommended Code Changes to Enhance Portlanders' Connection to Food are Now Available for Public Review

On April 24, 2012, the Planning and Sustainability Commission voted unanimously to send their recommendations on the Urban Food Zoning Code Update to the City Council for their review. The City Council will hold a public hearing on these recommended zoning code amendments on Thursday, June 7.

Public Hearing with City Council

Thursday, June 7, 2012, at 2 p.m.

Portland Building, 2nd floor auditorium

1120 SW 5th Avenue (across from City Hall)

Note that this hearing will not be held in Council Chambers.

 

You may comment on these recommendations by testifying at the City Council hearing on June 7th or by writing to City Council. Mail written testimony to the Council Clerk at 1221 SW 4th Avenue, room 140, Portland, Oregon 97204, or FAX comments to 503-823-4571. Written testimony must be received by the time of the hearing and must include your name and address.

Copies of the Recommended Draft are also available at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability office at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, 7th Floor. In addition, the Bureau receptionist will mail you a copy if you call 503-823-7700.

 

Attention operators of Market Gardens, Food Membership Distribution Sites, and Farmers Markets — the inventory for these existing uses closes on June 6, 2012.


Over the past few months, project staff has been collecting information for this inventory. Inclusion on the inventory will establish your right to continue to operate—at the level you are operating—even if you don’t meet the new regulations approved by City Council. Project staff is offering this inventory as a service until June 6th. After June 6th you will be required to go through a more rigorous process to document that you existed to be eligible for “grandfathered rights.”

Fill out this survey to be included in the inventory

For more information, contact Julia Gisler at julia.gisler@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-7624.

Urban Food Zoning Code Update project goes to City Council

Public hearing on proposed changes to regulations around growing, selling and buying local food scheduled for June 7

Spring is perfect gardening season in Portland, and what better time to ring in new regulations around growing, selling and buying local food.

City Council will hold a public hearing for the Urban Food Zoning Code Recommended Draft on Thursday, June 7. The document will be posted on the project website on May 21, 2012, in advance of the City Council hearing.

Urban Food Zoning Code Recommended Draft

Public Hearing with City Council

Thursday, June 7, 2012, at 2 p.m.

Portland Building, 2nd floor auditorium

1120 SW 5th Avenue (across from City Hall)

Note that this hearing will not be held in Council Chambers.

The Urban Food Zoning Code Update project recognizes the connections between food and the community’s environmental, economic and physical health and promotes traditional and emerging ways of producing and distributing food. The project's recommended changes to the zoning code support community gardens, farmers markets, small scale market gardens, as well as alternative distribution methods such as community sponsored agriculture (CSA) and food buying clubs at a scale that is appropriate to neighborhoods and helps build community.

For more information, contact Julia Gisler at julia.gisler@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-7624.

The City of Portland is committed to providing equal access to information. If you need accommodation, please contact us by phone 503-823-7700, by the city’s TTY at 503-823-6868 or by the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

 

 

Planning and Sustainability Commission approves Urban Food Code Update proposal; inventory of farmers markets, etc. continues

On April 24, 2012, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) unanimously approved the Urban Food Zoning Code Proposed Draft, with several amendments:

  1. Include neighborhood associations when notice is required;
  2. Clarify and evaluate the sign regulations; and
  3. Work to educate people about the regulations, and provide information in multiple languages.

 

The PSC recommends that City Council approve the project and amend the Zoning Code.

The next step will be publication of the Urban Food Zoning Code Recommended Draft, which is the PSC recommendation to City Council, followed by a public hearing held by City Council. The dates of the hearing and the availability of the Recommended Draft will be posted here by May 9.

Inventory continues: Help needed!


We are continuing to collect information for our inventory of Market Gardens, Food Membership Distribution Sites, and Farmers Markets. If you operate one of these, we need your help.

Regulations recommended by the Planning and Sustainability Commission will ensure that Market Gardens, Food Membership Distribution Sites, and Farmers Markets that exist before these regulations take effect may continue to operate. Those that do not meet the new regulations will be considered nonconforming. Nonconforming situations are sometimes said to be "grandfathered in," and have "grandfather rights."

If you want to make changes to your site or operations, or if there is a complaint, being listed on the inventory will prevent you from having to document that your use existed before the regulations took effect: the listing will be all the evidence needed. It will only take a few minutes to complete; the inventory will be open until noon on the day before the council hearing.

Fill out a listing request