Public Hearing on Urban Agriculture Tomorrow

The Mayor and Tucson City Council will hold a public hearing on urban agriculture tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 255 W Alameda.

The urban agriculture text amendment is the result of the 2013 Plan Tucson policy calling for the adoption of "zoning and land use regulations that promote and facilitate the safe, equitable growth and distribution of locally-produced food" and direction from Mayor and Council on the Sustainable Code Project in May 2011.  The proposal reduces barriers to food production and distribution.

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 committee meetings in 2013 and four public meetings held last year.