Putting Paradise in the Parking Lot: Using Zoning to Promote Urban Agriculture

50 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2013

Date Written: November 11, 2013


This Note explores municipal zoning regulations related to urban agriculture and evaluates specific zoning mechanisms that can be implemented to efficiently promote the accommodation of urban agriculture and access to locally grown food. Consideration of the benefits and costs of urban agriculture, alongside the zoning practices of leading cities, will assist in developing zoning laws that meet the needs of American cities and citizens. Part I of this Note introduces the concept and history of urban agriculture, providing an overview of its benefits and challenges. Part II examines municipal zoning and the principle zoning restrictions that impact farming and gardening in a city. Part III reviews the varied efforts of municipalities to support urban agriculture by incorporating it into local zoning codes. Part IV concludes by offering recommendations for the municipal integration of agriculture into the urban fabric, with particular attentiveness to participatory policy-making in the form of food policy councils.

Suggested Citation

Maloney, Stephanie, Putting Paradise in the Parking Lot: Using Zoning to Promote Urban Agriculture (November 11, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2352915 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2352915

Stephanie Maloney (Contact Author)

Notre Dame Law School ( email )

315 Walsh Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

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