August 05, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Urban Gardens Task Force meetings

Citizens interested in the topic of commercially oriented urban gardening are invited to attend the meetings of the Urban Garden Task Force, which will hold its first session at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at the Busch Building.

The Task Force has four meetings scheduled over a one-month period to research, review and summarize the issues for a recommendation back to the Planning & Zoning Commission.

The Task Force was formed to determine how best to balance the interest in business or commercially oriented urban gardens in Springfield with the potential for additional activity or disruption in neighborhoods. Currently, Springfield’s Zoning Ordinance does not cover this type of activity, so the community input will be valuable in developing zoning recommendations. The Task Force is not addressing private or non-commercial gardens.

All meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m., in the Busch Building 4th floor conference room. The schedule for the meetings includes:

Jack Wheeler, Chair of the Planning & Zoning Commission, will chair the Task Force. Other members include: Jay McClelland; Ray Shermer; Curtis Millsap; Melissa Millsap; Galen Chadwick; Petra Butler; King Coltrin; and Nancy Brown Dornan.

The Charge to the Task Force is the following: To enable, facilitate, and encourage the development of Urban Gardens as a commercial enterprise to maximize local food resources and the use of non-productive or vacant lots in such a manner as to be non-invasive to the community or neighborhood.

For more information, contact: Senior Planner Daniel Neal, 864-1036.

city of springfield

Department of Planning and Development

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1031 • Fax: 417-864-1030 • springfieldmo.gov