5:45 pm


Lawrence City Hall
6 East 6th St., Lawrence, Kansas, 66044
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Tuesday, 26 April 2016, 5:45pm (change of date – AGAIN)
Lawrence City Hall, 6 East 6th St., Lawrence KS 66044

Ever since Sustainability Action challenged the Lawrence Property Maintenance Code on 23 June 2015, the provisions of which could shut down small urban growers for “accumulation of debris” (compost, straw bales, tomato cages, etc,), we have been collaborating for 8 months with the Food Policy Council, the Sustainability Advisory Board, and the Lawrence Planning Office to craft Code language for an Urban Agriculture Text Amendment.  The amendment has seen several manifestations along the way, and it’s final draft got a unanimous vote by the Planning Commission last week to recommend approval.  Now it will be heard at the City Commission for final adoption.  Check the agenda at – http://www.lawrenceks.org/agendas.

This final draft can be accessed at – Urban Ag text amendment_PC agenda_22Feb16.  Most provisions are supported by all the stakeholders, although the section on “small animal slaughtering” drew some controversy – philosophical, not functional.  The amendment contains provisions for the following: many types of gardens such as personal, community, CSAs, and urban farms; new animal provisions for rabbits, small goats and sheep, and honey bees and mason bees; urban ag inclusive of aquaculture, horticulture, permaculture, hydroculture, agroforestry, beekeeping, gardening, and animal husbandry; sales of produce within residential zones and at farmers’ markets; structures like hoop houses, cold frames, greenhouses, sheds, composting bins, and rain barrel systems; crops exempt from the definition of “weeds”; and agricultural implements, equipment, and materials are not considered “debris” under the Property Maintenance Code.