Agriculture is going to town in Durham, and City Hall is looking to make it legal. A committee of elected officials gets a first look Wednesday morning at draft rules for commercial crop production across the city.
“We’ve had a growth of urban gardens over five or six years,” said City Councilman Mike Woodard. “That led some individuals and organizations to approach the city … to really have urban farms within the city limits.”
In zoning-ordinance terms, an urban farm is not the same thing as a backyard pea patch, said Planning Director Steve Medlin. Private vegetable gardens for one’s own use are perfectly permissible on property that’s primarily used for something else, such as a home. What’s not currently allowed, except in two very low-density zoning districts, is plowing up an entire lot to raise vegetables for sale.
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