London, Ontario: Upcoming urban agriculture policy
London is embarking on its first urban agriculture strategy and an upcoming conference at the Central Library November 19 is offering residents an opportunity to contribute.
By Chris Montanini
November 14, 2016
City staff responded with draft terms of reference for an urban agriculture strategy in September that so far includes:
• Establishing a vision and goals for the City regarding food growth, food processing and food distribution within the urban area of the city;
• Determining the roles for the community and the City, both regulatory and operational support, in the implementation of the strategy;
• Evaluating the Official Plan, zoning and other municipal bylaws and programs with respect to their role in urban agriculture for the City;
• Analyzing and evaluating options for City lands that may be used for the purpose of urban agriculture; and,
• Preparing and implementing any necessary amendments to City policies, bylaws and procedures determined through the urban agriculture strategy.
Community participation in the process of drafting a city-wide strategy for urban agriculture is important, Franke said, because the new policy could make a significant impact on London’s food system, which is currently at the centre of work by the new Middlesex London Food Policy Council.