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Erie, Pennsylvania planners seek more research on urban farming


“I want to start my own business,” Sachse said. “So much of the vacant property is in residential neighborhoods and half of the lots in this neighborhood are vacant.”

By David Bruce
Go Erie
Aug 17, 2016


Erie Planning Commission members agreed with Erie City Council that converting vacant lots in the city into small crop farms could be a good idea, but more research is needed.

Commission members voted 3-0 on Tuesday to recommend the city’s zoning office examine how zoning ordinances be amended to permit urban agriculture on residential properties in the city.

Council had unanimously passed a resolution requesting the commission research any existing regulations on the matter.

“It’s something none of us have any significant experience in, so the appropriate thing is for the zoning department to research what other communities have done,” commission member Richard Speicher said.

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