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Urban Agriculture Citywide Update
The City of Oakland is updating its zoning regulations related to urban agriculture. These regulations are being 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 and animals, has become increasingly popular throughout Oakland and the United States. The current rules require a comprehensive revision to keep up with the latest urban farming practices.
On March 15, 2011 the City Council adopted new residential and commercial zones for the entire City. The new zones allow "Crop and Animal Raising Agricultural Activities" with approval of a Conditional Use Permit in all residential and commercial areas in the City. This change is intended to be an interim measure until the City can conduct a comprehensive update to address all aspects of urban agriculture.
The urban agriculture update is also being 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.
- Project Description
- Upcoming Workshops and Meetings
- Ways to Participate or Contact Us
- More About Urban Agriculture and Local Food Policy in Oakland
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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!
Upcoming Workshops and Meetings
|UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND MEETINGS|
Community Meeting #1:
July 21, 2011
|PAST WORKSHOPS AND MEETINGS|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 email@example.com. You may send a letter to: City of Oakland, Attn: Heather Klein, Strategic Planning Division, 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