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City Council Changes Residential Zoning to Support Urban Agriculture
On October 4, 2010, Cleveland City Council passed amendments to the One-Family Residential zoning code that include urban agriculture as a priniciple use of a vacant residential lot in an 18-1 vote. Previously, agriculture was only allowed as an accessory use. The Land Use Working Group of the FPC developed some recommendations for changes to the residential zoning code in collaboration with the City Planning Commission. The amendments to the residential code also allow chain link fencing when the main use is urban agriculture and allow farm stands as a conditional use on residential lots when the produce is produced on site. This piece of legislation is crucial to the progress of several Reimagining Cleveland pilot projects in streamlining the building permit process. These projects previously had to seek a variance at the Board of Zoning Appeals in order to apply for building permits for fences and sheds.
Many thanks to the urban growers, community gardeners, neighborhood organizations, City of Cleveland Department of Community Development, City Planning Commission, Office of Sustainability, and Cleveland City Council for making this effort a success!