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Urban Food Zoning Code Update sets the table

There’s no doubt Portlanders love their food. So much so that we want more opportunities to grow our own, shop at farmers markets and purchase fresh local produce from community supported agriculture boxes.

In just a few weeks, the Urban Food Zoning Code Update project will release a discussion draft of changes to the City’s Zoning Code that will affect the way that food can be grown and distributed in Portland — particularly in our neighborhoods. The proposals support activities such as community gardens, farmers markets and food buying clubs at a scale that is appropriate to neighborhoods and helps build community.

The Code Development Advisory Group (CDAG), composed of 18 community members with a variety of interests, perspectives and experiences around urban food production and distribution, has been working closely with project staff to help develop the code proposals. For more information about the membership and work of the CDAG visit http://www.portlandonline.com/bps/index.cfm?c=56833

The discussion draft will be published in early February with a public comment period extending into early March. For more information or a copy of the discussion draft, please contact Julia Gisler at Julia.gisler@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-7624 or Steve Cohen at steve.cohen@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-4225. Find out ways that you can participate at www.portlandonline.com/bps/foodcode.

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