Urban Food Zoning Code Update, Ordinance No. 185412

Jurisdiction Name: Portland
State/Province: OR
Country: United States
Type of Government: Municipality
Population: 583,776
Population Range: 250,000 to 999,999
Policy Links: WebPDF
Policy type:
Year: 2012
GFC Topic: community food production, community food security
Keywords: access, agriculture, community food and agriculture, community garden, farmers market, food access, food retail, food system, land use, local food access, local food production, urban, urban agriculture, zoning
Adopting Government Department(s):

Portland City Council

Lead Implementing Entity(s): Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Support Entity(s):

Portland-Multnomah Food Policy Council, Oregon Public Health Institute. Bureau of Development Services, Bureau of Transportation, Communities Putting Prevention to Work, Multnomah County Health Department

Funding Amount: $7.5 Million
Funding Sources: Oregon Public Health Institute, Communities Putting Prevention to Work, Multnomah County Health Department
Policy Outcome(s):

This comprehensive policy addresses many aspects of the food system through innovative zoning in Portland, Oregon. The zoning code amendments address the following topics: market gardens, community gardens, food membership distribution sites and farmers’ markets. Previously, market gardens were allowed only in designated agricultural use areas, community gardens were allowed in all zones, and food membership distribution sites were not mentioned in the zoning code.  The zoning codes were amended so that all of these activities would be allowed in all zones with regulations to mitigate impacts.

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