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New Port Richey, Florida, approves urban agriculture ordinance, including residential sales

tampaEnvironmental Committee chairman Dell deChant.

Deputy Mayor Bill Phillips said the ordinance is a positive move for the city, but may need tweaking down the road should issues or complaints arise.

By Robert Napper
Tampa Bay Times
June 22, 201

Excerpt:

With passage of the ordinance, the city will permit the commercial sale of produce from local gardens in residential, commercial and industrial zones. Sales in residential areas would be restricted to once every six months from a particular location, and a permit, which would expire after 72 hours, would be required. The city staff has likened the twice-a-year permits to what is done for garage sales.

There are restrictions in the ordinance that do not allow indoor growing operations anywhere other than in light industrial areas of the city. Urban agriculture also would be banned in mobile home parks, as would livestock anywhere in the city.

Several people spoke in favor of the ordinance, saying it will continue the effort by the council to make New Port Richey a walkable, trendy, tight-knit community that will draw in new residents, including sought-after young professionals.

“I think it’s a cool thing,” said Frank Starkey, a local developer whose company plans to build upscale apartments in the city’s downtown.

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