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Public hearing for St. Paul Urban Ag Zoning Amendments

May 8, 2012

This is something a lot of people have been waiting for. Will St. Paul become known for its agriculture friendly zoning codes? In 2009, the Saint Paul City Council passed a resolution to explore its own mechanisms that support or obstruct urban food production and distribution, stating:

…WHEREAS, in order to achieve a strong local food system, Saint Paul must:

  • Modify city policy to support access for healthy and locally grown food and for urban food production and distribution;
  • Facilitate a network of resources to support people’s access to healthy and locally grown food and urban food production and distribution.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Saint Paul City Council directs staff in Planning and Economic Development and Parks & Recreation, in coordination with Public Works, the Real Estate division of the Office of Financial Services, and the Department of Safety and Inspections, to work together with Ramsey County Saint Paul Public Health and related community organizations to explore necessary changes to City policy (including possible zoning, licensing/permitting, HRA/easement policies) and facilitate a network of resources to support the production, distribution, and consumption of healthy and locally grown food.  (Click here for full Resolution).

The public will have an opportunity to hear and comment on the Planning Commission’s proposed Urban Agriculture Zoning Text Amendments on Wednesday, June 1, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, Third Floor, Saint Paul City Hall, 15 Kellogg Blvd West, Saint Paul, MN 55102.

Click here to see meeting notice details and zoning recommendations to be discussed.

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