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Community Consultation for Best Community Uses Of Temporary Gardens On Private Vacant Lands

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Developing temporary, community-­based projects on private land presents unique challenges for all stakeholders involved

Prepared by Shifting Growth Garden Society
Vancouver, BC
2nd Ed. Oct 15, 2013

Excerpt:

Preface:

This Community Consultation for Best Community Uses of Temporary Gardens on Private Vacant Lands Best Practises paper is designed to assist community groups who would like to start a community garden on a private property. This paper was designed to communicate that proper community consultations enhance the long-­term value of development projects and properties. This paper focuses on community gardener organizations that are in the process of acquiring private, vacant properties, in order to create temporary community gardens, and outlines the processes of acquiring land, consulting with the community, educating and creating additional benefits for local community members, and relocating gardens to alternative sites.

Shifting Growth is a Vancouver-­based, registered charity with a mission to transform vacant, under-­utilized spaces into temporary community gardens and growing spaces. Shifting Growth coordinates and manages community garden projects. Shifting Growth’s objectives are:

To utilize underdeveloped/vacant land as growing space.

To foster community engagement through accessible green spaces.

To increase awareness about the growing environment.

The Shifting Growth approach allows land to be utilized as temporary growing space by the community. Our gardens and garden infrastructure are completely mobile and can be relocated to nearby sites (or park space) once the garden site is ready to be used for alternative purposes (development, sale, remediation…). Our goal is simply to utilize vacant space, in order to allow community members to grow food and participate in gardening. Every growing space gained creates more community connections and gets people growing!

Table of Contents:

Preface
About The Author: Shifting Growth Garden Society
About The Real Estate Foundation Of Bc
Land Acquisition
Landowner Concerns
Community Consultation Process
Signage
Website
Online Survey
Newsletter
Handouts
Community Meeting
Design
Continued Garden Success & Learning
Garden Roles Education
Garden Relocation
Landowner
Garden Members
Summary
Appendices
A) Online Survey/Garden Application
B) Garden Work

See the report here.