Zoning change could sprout more garden plots

Evanston City Council members recently planted a seed that could result in neighborhood gardens springing up on once vacant parcels.

At the Aug. 11 council meeting, aldermen approved a recommendation from the city’s Plan Commission and staff that would allow neighborhood gardens as a permitted uses in a number of districts where they formerly required special zoning approval.

Under the proposal, neighborhood gardens would be considered as a primary use in many places so that vacant parcels can be utilized for education, recreation, harvest and beautification through gardening, according to the city’s Community Development and Planning Department.

Urban farms or rooftop urban farms, on the other hand, are commercial enterprises that typically utilize vacant properties with traditional and non-traditional farming techniques.

Because of the multitude of variables, urban Farms and rooftop urban farms may have, approval of such businesses on a case-by-case basis is needed, according to department staff.

That can best be done through the special use approval process, said officials.

0 Comments

Modal