Category Archives: Land Use

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Sustainability Through Side Yards

Guest Post by Robin Jacobs, Director, Strategic Legal Services Projects, Community Law Center Urban agriculture opportunities come in many forms, but perhaps one of the most prevalent ones is simply right before us: in our yards.  Many people take great … Continue reading

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Greening the Rooftops in Baltimore City

As the summer heats up and the rain continues to pour down, you may be thinking about how to cool your house and reduce rainwater runoff. Green roofs (also called living roofs) are a great option to help keep pollutants … Continue reading

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Maryland State Legislature Passes New Urban Agriculture Tax Credit Bill

On April 5, 2014, the Maryland General Assembly passed the “Property Tax Credit – Urban Agricultural Property” bill authorizing Maryland counties and the City of Baltimore to implement a property tax credit for urban land used for agricultural purposes. The … Continue reading

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Proposed Zoning Code Amendment Tries to Weigh Community Input with More Extensive Community Gardens

In February 2014, Baltimore City Councilmember Mary Pat Clarke introduced an amendment to the proposed Zoning Code Rewrite, which may have an impact on community gardens and urban farmers throughout the city. The proposed zoning code, without the amendment, provides … Continue reading

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Rewrite Baltimore’s influence on urban agriculture.

Like Philadelphia, Baltimore City is currently updating its zoning code through a process the city has named “Rewrite Baltimore.” You can find the current version of Baltimore City’s proposed zoning code at: http://legistar.baltimorecitycouncil.com/attachments/9707.pdf In the proposed code, urban agriculture as a … Continue reading

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Zoning and urban agriculture.

The city of Philadelphia is currently rewriting its zoning code. City Councilman Brian O’Neil proposed an amendment to the code that would require urban farmers and gardeners to obtain a “special exception” to garden or farm in mixed-use commercial areas. … Continue reading

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Boston’s Pilot Urban Agriculture Rezoning Program.

Boston mayor Thomas Menino, chair of the US Council of Mayors’ Food Policy Taskforce, has instituted an urban agriculture zoning pilot program in the Dorchester neighborhood. The program works like this: zoning codes include complex maps of land use districts, … Continue reading

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Food Not Lawns.

Last year, a Michigan suburb made headlines when it charged a resident with a misdemeanor for failure to keep her front yard properly under the city code. Her offense? She built raised vegetable beds in her yard instead of growing … Continue reading

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Healthy Food Access in Urban Areas

Last week, on Friday, May 18, I watched the webcast of a talk given at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health entitled Healthy Food Access in Urban Areas: Barriers and Solutions. The two presenters were: Holly Freishtat, Food Policy Director for … Continue reading

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Ghost Town Farm: A Zoning Law Case Study.

We last left Novella with a license to garden in the vacant lot next door to her apartment. Over the next few years, however, ownership of the lot changed hands several times. Each time the lot passed from one person to … Continue reading

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