On April 24, 2012, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) unanimously approved the Urban Food Zoning Code Proposed Draft, with several amendments:
- Include neighborhood associations when notice is required;
- Clarify and evaluate the sign regulations; and
- 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.