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Erie, Pennsylvania looks as urban farming plan

Charles Buki, whose firm authored the city’s comprehensive development plan, says urban agriculture could be a good fit for Erie with planning and citizen input.

The Erie Planning Commission’s recommendations regarding zoning changes that would permit or clarify the rules for small crop farming in the city on residential properties and vacant lots, particularly in targeted areas.

By Kevin Flowers
Go Eire
Apr 9, 2017


The Planning Commission’s recommendations include:

•Defining “urban garden, ” “market garden” and “farm stand” in city zoning ordinances, and making them permitted uses within areas of the city now zoned medium density residential, high density residential and residential/limited business.

•Creating a specific zoning ordinance section that permits urban gardens on vacant lots in medium density residential, high density residential and residential/limited business areas, and making market gardens a “special exception” on vacant lots on those same districts.

•Requiring fences around urban gardens and urban markets.

•Including rules governing “accessory structures” associated with urban farming, and limiting them to 100 square feet in size. A storage shed would be an example of an accessory structure.

•Stipulations on how and where produce from urban farming can be sold; the proximity of urban agriculture sites to one-family and two-family houses; signs, traffic volumes, parking and compost use in those areas; and maintenance.

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