City of Portland, Maine, Code of Ordinances, Chapter 14, Land Use

Jurisdiction Name: Portland
State/Province: ME
Country: United States
Type of Government: Municipality
Population: 66,649
Population Range: 50,000 to 249,999
Policy Links: WebPDF
Policy type: legislation and regulations
Year: 2014
GFC Topic: community food production
Keywords: agriculture, community, farmers, farming, food waste, land use, ordinance, physical infrastructure, processing, zoning
Adopting Government Department(s):

City of Portland

Lead Implementing Entity(s): Planning and Urban Development Department
Support Entity(s):

Planning Board

Funding Amount: n/a
Funding Sources: n/a
Policy Outcome(s):

Defines agriculture and agricultural practices, including tilled land, nurseries, greenhouses and truck gardens, as permitted uses within specified residential zones; allows products produced on the premises to be sold on the premises; allows a single stand of no more than 200 square feet floor area for the sale of agricultural products; permits the parking and storage of agricultural equipment, so long as it is not in the front yard; defines the use of conservation easements over agricultural land; sets forth regulations on the spreading, storage, stockpiling and disposal of manure and fertilizers for agricultural use; regulates the size and proximity of allowed agricultural practices, such as tilled land and grazing areas, in regards to water bodies, coastal wetlands, tributary streams and freshwater wetlands. Provides for seafood processing for human consumption in certain commercial zones and food preparation (i.e. commercial kitchen) in industrial zones (though not for service at those sites). Creates regulation on food waste disposal from packaging/processing facilities. Provides guidelines about food service (restaurant) locations and food processing in waterfront and commercial zones.

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