Zoning for urban farming could be part of Detroit's future

As it is right now, the city's code doesn't address urban gardening or farms. However there aren't any complaints from residents when other residents turn the vacant lot into a food producing plot of land ... go figure, right? Anyway, that could soon change as officials are working on putting some legal zoning into the city's urban gardens.

Excerpt from Crain's Detroit Business:

With a growing number of urban gardens and farms across Detroit, city officials are working to incorporate zoning for such projects into the city's code.

A City Planning Commission draft report submitted to the Detroit City Council today suggests a number of policy changes that could legitimize urban farming in Detroit.

Detroit's city code doesn't address urban farming, according to the report, which means large- and small-scale projects are flying "under the radar," according to the report, but the lack of complaints regarding such gardens indicates that such plots have had a positive or neutral impact on neighborhoods.

A letter accompanying the report, signed by CPC Director Marcell Todd Jr., notes that the Urban Agriculture Work Group, comprising a wide range of stakeholders, intends "to craft both a draft policy and draft zoning code to allow for and facilitate urban agriculture in its many forms."

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