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City of Battle Creek, Michigan holds off talks on urban farm animals

20 people work on the Patch of Heaven Community Garden behind Mt. Zion AME Church. (2011)

The city has since held several public meetings to gauge community support, and issued a survey to gather feedback. That survey, which received about 400 responses, showed support for community gardens and some farm animals.

By Jennifer Bowman
Battle Creek Enquirer
December 30, 2016


Battle Creek city commissioners may change rules for urban agriculture within the city’s residential areas, but they’ll hold off until later this year to address whether to allow farm animals.

A proposal to regulate community gardens and urban farms in Battle Creek is on the agenda for the commission’s meeting Tuesday, which would allow gardening on vacant properties and set standards for property maintenance. It previously was approved by the Planning Commission at its December meeting.

In a staff memo, city officials said the proposed ordinance would help support locally grown food and “provide economic opportunity, particularly in areas that have vacant or underutilized land.” Some of it is modeled after ordinances adopted by Muskegon, Flint and Detroit.

If the changes win the support of the majority of the commission on Tuesday, it will cast a final adoption vote at a subsequent meeting.

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