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Proposed zoning code changes around growing, selling and buying food to be considered by the Planning and Sustainability Commission

Thanks to all who took the time to fill out the online survey for the Discussion Draft of the Urban Food Zoning Code Update. Comments were overwhelmingly positive! Staff have since incorporated the comments into a Proposed Draft, which will be presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission on Tuesday, April 24 for a public hearing.

The Urban Food Zoning Code Update project promotes appropriate neighborhood-scaled food production that builds community and increases access to healthful, affordable food for all residents, especially those who have limited access. The following proposed zoning code changes explicitly allow these types of progressive food systems to flourish, while protecting neighborhood livability.

  • Market Gardens (for-profit). Currently, market gardens are only allowed in a few zones (employment, open space and very low density residential zones). The proposed amendments allow them in all zones (with size limits in residential zones) and include regulations that address neighborhood livability.

  • Community Gardens. Currently, community gardens are allowed in all zones. The proposed amendments continue to allow them in all zones and add regulations that address neighborhood livability.

  • Food Membership Distribution Sites. Currently, the zoning code is unclear how to regulate the pick-up sites for food buying clubs and community supported agriculture (CSA) organizations. The proposed amendments allow food membership distribution sites in all zones and include regulations that address neighborhood livability.

  • Farmers Markets. Currently, farmers markets are regulated as temporary uses, which can be confusing and expensive. The proposed amendments address farmers market location, frequency, number of "non-farmer" vendors, and when markets may set up on parking lots.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission wants to hear from you. Before they make a recommendation to City Council, they are soliciting public input on the Urban Food Zoning Code Update – Proposed Draft.

Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC)

Public Hearing

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A

6 p.m. (Please call 503-823-7700 one week prior to the hearing for the exact time on the agenda or check times at

You may submit your comments on the Proposed Draft to the PSC by testifying at the public hearing on April 24 and/or sending your written comments to:

  • Planning and Sustainability Commission, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Rm. 7100, Portland, OR 97201


  • Fax number 503-823-7800, Attn: Planning and Sustainability Commission

How do I get a copy of the Proposed Draft?
You can download the Urban Food Zoning Code Update - Proposed Draft or get a hard copy from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability offices at 1900 SW 4th Ave., 7th floor, or call 503-823-7700 to receive a copy. 

Contact Information

Julia Gisler, Process Manager/Public Involvement

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Steve Cohen, Food Policy and Programs

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Amy Gilroy, Health Consultant
Oregon Public Health Institute
503-227-5502 ext. 229;


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