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NewYork City: A Local Law to Develop A Comprehensive Urban Agriculture Plan

New York Councilmember Rafael Espinal (the Bill’s sponsor) with Democratic Primary Candidate Bernie Sanders. Photo Courtesy of Rafael Espinal.

This bill (1661) would require the Department of City Planning to develop a comprehensive urban agriculture plan that addresses land use policy and other issues to promote the expansion of urban agriculture in the City. The Department would be required to deliver such plan to the Mayor and the Speaker of the Council by July 1, 2018.

Rafael Espinal of the 37th District, and David Greenfield of the 44th District


a. The department of city planning, in cooperation with relevant agencies and stakeholders, including but not limited to food policy educators, representatives from community gardens and urban farming businesses, shall prepare a comprehensive urban agriculture plan. Such comprehensive urban agriculture plan shall address, but not be limited to, the following issues related to urban agriculture:

(i) cataloguing existing and potential urban agriculture spaces,

(ii) classification and prioritization of urban agriculture uses,

(iii) potential land use policies to promote the expansion of agricultural uses in the city,

(iv) an analysis of those portions of the zoning resolution, building code, and fire code that merit reconsideration to promote urban agriculture,

(v) expanding the availability of healthy food in low-income neighborhoods,

(vi) the integration of urban agriculture into the city’s conservation and resiliency plans,

(vii) youth development and education with regard to local food production;

(viii) direct and indirect job creation and impacts from urban agriculture production; and

(ix) the feasibility of creating an office of urban agriculture.

See the Bill.

Also see: Urban Agriculture: Utilizing NYC’s Underused Spaces to Grow Local Food