The Mayor and Tucson City Council last night unanimously approved an urban agriculture text amendment to the City’s Unified Development Code. It reduces barriers to raising backyard chickens and growing vegetable gardens, and it clarifies rules for community gardens and farmers markets. The amendment sets maximums on the number of animals allowed, based on lot size. The newly-adopted rules will come back for reconsideration after two years.
The City has been working with the community to develop a proposal which would, among other things, allow people to grow their own food and raise food-producing animals, such as chickens, miniature goats, ducks, geese, and turkeys. The proposal evolved from Plan Tucson, the Sustainable Code Project, committee meetings, and four public meetings held last year.