For Immediate Release
Council Initiates Urban Gardens Zoning Amendment
The Springfield City Council Monday approved initiating a zoning amendment that would permit less-intense urban garden uses in all zoning districts, while requiring a conditional-use permit for higher-intensity gardens.
Council Bill 2009-124 simply starts the process to consider this text amendment to Springfield’s Zoning Ordinance.
The following changes to the Zoning Ordinance are proposed:
- Add the definition of “Urban Gardens” in Section 2-1100;
- Modify the Permitted Uses section in all zoning districts to allow low-intensity urban garden uses;
- Modify the Conditional Uses section in residential zoning districts to allow more intense urban garden uses;
- Add a section to the Conditional Use Standards that addresses intensity issues such as noise, heavy machinery, hours of operation, accessory buildings, off-street parking, chemicals and fertilizers, and retail or wholesale businesses located on the premise, and;
- Delete all references to truck gardens, which are not defined, in the Zoning Ordinance.
Council’s action Monday night begins the process of review and recommendations by the City staff and the Planning and Zoning Commission before it would return to the City Council for final consideration.
Public hearings will be held before the Springfield Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday, July 9, 2009, and the Springfield City Council on Monday, July 27, 2009.
Both hearings will be held at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, on the third floor of Historic City Hall. The public have the opportunity to speak to the proposed amendment at both hearings.
A staff report describing the proposed amendment in detail will be delivered to the Planning and Zoning Commission and made available to the public on Thursday, July 2, 2009.
For more information, contact: Daniel Neal, Senior City Planner, 864-1036.