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Urban Agriculture Citywide Update
The City of Oakland has updated its zoning regulations related to urban agriculture. These regulations were updated to reflect Oakland's vital urban farming movement and to encourage and facilitate local food production. Urban farming, the small-scale cultivation of crops, has become increasingly popular throughout Oakland and the United States. The current rules required a comprehensive revision to keep up with the latest urban farming practices. The urban agriculture update was also initiated to implement policies and actions in the Open Space and Conservation Element of the General Plan and the Draft Energy and Climate Action Plan. These new regulations will further Oakland's goal of becoming a more sustainable city.
- What's New
- Project Description
- Past Workshops and Meetings
- Ways to Participate or Contact Us
- More About Urban Agriculture and Local Food Policy in Oakland
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New Urban Agriculture regulations were adopted by the City Council On November 18 and were effective on December 18, 2014.
The following tables clarify the current regulations covering Community Gardens, Extensive Agriculture, and Limited Agriculture, including the definition and scope of these terms, as well as where such activities are permitted, conditionally permitted, or prohibited in various zoning districts in the City of Oakland.
If you have questions regarding the regulation, please contact the Zoning Hotline at (510)238-6809 or visit the Zoning Counter at the Permit Center.
The adopted code amendments differentiate Crop Raising from Animal Raising. Specifically, the Urban Agriculture-related changes include a modification to the existing definition of “Community Gardens” and the creation of the following two new Land Use Activity Types to replace the City’s existing “Crop and Animal Raising” Activity Type: “Limited Agriculture” and “Extensive Agriculture”. By separating the current “Crop and Animal Raising” regulation into two different agricultural land use categories based on level of intensity and the potential for off-site impacts, and redefining Community Gardens as the activity of one or more persons, the adopted Planning Code amendments vastly increase the public’s ability to practice small-scale agriculture throughout the City. The revisions to the Permitted Activity Charts throughout the Planning Code specify when “Community Gardens”, “Limited Agriculture”, and “Extensive Agriculture” are a Permitted, Conditionally Permitted, or Prohibited Activity (see the summary charts links above that list the proposed level of allowed activity for “Community Gardens”, “Limited Agriculture”, and “Extensive Agriculture” in each Zoning District).
Meeting materials from the update process can be found in the Past Meeting section below.
The revisions described in the What's New section above are intended to function on an interim basis while the Planning Department continues work on a more comprehensive Urban Agriculture Update.
The current scope of the comprehensive urban agriculture update addresses the location and intensity of urban agricultural uses on a lot, number and type of animals/livestock, sales of products and possible butchering for personal consumption. This scope may evolve as we receive feedback from the community. We urge you to become familiar with the urban agriculture update process and get involved!
Past Workshops and Meetings
|PAST WORKSHOPS AND MEETINGS|
October 21, 2014
|Community and Economic Development (CED) Committee||October 14, 2014 1:30 PM|
City Hall, Hearing Room 1
|CED Staff Report|
September 17, 2014
|Planning Commission Agenda|
Planning Commission Staff Report
Summary of Community Gardens
Summary of Extensive Agriculture
Summary of Limited Agriculture
Community Meeting #1:
July 21, 2011
Staff Report (6.14 MB)*
*Initial change on Zoning Code to allow "crop growing activities" as a home occupation as part of General Planning Code clean up process. "Animal raising" is not being addressed as part of this process, but will be addressed as part of the more comprehensive Urban Agriculture Update.
Ways to Participate or Contact Us
- Look for notices of upcoming public meetings and related information, here, at the City of Oakland Urban Agriculture Citywide Zoning Update website.
- Get on the urban agriculture update email distribution list. To be notified of all public meetings and decisions, make sure we have your contact information. You can email us your contact information, or any questions or comments to email@example.com
- Join us at scheduled community meetings. Information about the dates/time/location of upcoming meetings is provided in the Upcoming Meeting and Workshops section above.
- Provide us with your written comments. If you have comments, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. You may send a letter to: City of Oakland, Attn: Edward Manasse, Strategic Planning Manager, Bureau of Planning, 250 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Suite 3315, Oakland CA 94612, or City of Oakland, Attn: Darin Ranelletti, Deputy Director, Bureau of Planning, 250 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Suite 3315, Oakland CA 94612 or fax to (510) 238-6538
More about Urban Agriculture and Local Food Policy in Oakland
- Oakland Food Policy Council
- Community Gardening Program
- Farmers Markets
A number of farmers markets now offer local food in neighborhoods throughout the city
- Jack London Square (Sundays, 10-2pm, Broadway & Embarcadero)
- Old Oakland (Fridays, 8-2pm, 9th & Broadway)
- Grand Lake (Saturdays, 9-2pm, Grand & Lake)
- Mandela Saturdays, 10-3pm, 7th & Mandela Parkway) (Sundays, 9-1pm, 5300 Claremont Avenue
- Temescal (Sundays, 9-1pm, 5300 Claremont Avenue)
For additional farmer's markets throughout Oakland and Alameda County, please see visit California Certified