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Healthy Urban Food Systems: Planning Production Facilities
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Healthy Urban Food Systems: Planning Production Facilities

Healthy Urban Food Systems: Planning Production Facilities

44 min

This course is approved for .5 AICP CM credit.

This course provides an in-depth examination of the land use and public health considerations for urban agriculture production facilities. The course especially focuses on the role of planning in providing various forms of food systems as well as many examples of urban food production interventions from around the country. The course also addresses complex issues stemming from urban agriculture, like nuisance complaints, soil and water safety, food sales, and access to land, with dozens of references to contemporary urban agriculture statutes and policies.

In This Course

  1. A brief overview of the topics covered by this course.
  2. Describing and Defining Urban Agriculture
    This chapter introduces the variety of ways that cities classify and regulate farming and gardening practices.
  3. What is Urban Agriculture?
    Effectively addressing urban agriculture by ordinance means adequately describing the types of activities encompassed and differentiating between types of activities. This chapter explores the form, content, purpose, and intensity in discovering how to express urban agriculture in the law.
  4. Defining Urban Agriculture: Additional Topics
    In addition to describing the varieties of urban agriculture, municipal codes may also address activites beyond the growth and cultivation of food. This chapter offers examples of municpal codes that address such topics as buildings, storage, and composting processes.
  5. Where Can Urban Agriculture Occur?
    This chapter addresses where on private properties municipalities allow urban agriculture activities by providing examples of how cities have answered the question of where to allow urban agriculture. Topics include primary and accessory uses and use permits.
  6. Urban Agriculture on Public Properties
    This chapter shares important information about urban agriculture on public properties, including access to land, use of vacant properties, and incentives for urban agriculture.
  7. Urban Agriculture and Public Health
    To conclude, the course highlights issues spanning urban food production and public health. Of primary concern is ensuring that urban agriculture uses safe soil and water, although methods for governments to promote or require best practices in the reduction of environmental hazards are still evolving.

Published 2014