Urban agriculture guidelines
To help developers plan projects that include opportunities for urban agriculture, staff have developed a set of urban agriculture design guidelines.
These guidelines apply to shared garden plots and edible landscaping.
About urban agriculture
Urban agriculture refers to growing food within a town or city - and includes community gardens, farmers markets, hobby beekeeping, shared garden plots, and edible landscapes.
Council encourages urban agriculture on private lands, because it helps:
- Enhance the city's food security and reduce our ecological footprint by encouraging more locally grown foods
- Encourage increased social interaction in high density developments
- Support and encourage environmentally and socially sustainable activities
Goals of the urban agriculture guidelines
These urban agriculture guidelines provide guidance with:
- Shared garden plots
- Location and access
- Co-locating with other amenities
- Number and size of garden plots
- Design of garden plots
- Support facilities
- Edible landscaping
It also includes a chart of recommended edible plants commonly used for landscaping purposes.