Urban agriculture is strongly supported in City Plan (Principle SW 3 and Policy SW 3.1), but our Land Use Code is out of date regarding today’s more urban forms of agriculture. Numerous communities across the country, including Seattle, Portland, Madison, Kansas City, and Detroit, adapted their codes to permit locally produced food, or urban agriculture. In 2008, the City of Fort Collins took a large step in this direction by allowing up to six chickens within city limits. Yet additional forms of urban agriculture are arising everyday. For example, in the past decade, the nation has witnessed a rise in both the types of agriculture practiced in urban areas, e.g., community supported agriculture (or CSA), community gardens, and beekeeping, as well as the number of individuals participating in food production. Code changes may be needed to respond to this growing demand to allow more forms of food production in more areas. Our goal is to ensure our Land Use Code supports the community’s desires in relation to local food production.
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