Sustainable Code Project

Concurrent to the development of Plan Tucson, the City of Tucson was awarded an Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant by the Department of Energy in 2008.  The grant is being used for a variety of programs and projects in keeping with the Mayor and Council adopted Sustainability Framework, including the Sustainable Code Project.

The purpose of the Sustainable Code Project is to facilitate and clarify/remove regulatory obstacles pertaining to: 1) urban agriculture; 2) solar development standards; and, 3) other miscellaneous “green” improvements to the Unified Development Code (UDC), including rainwater cistern standards. Each component of the Project is being developed and processed separately.  The first component is standards pertaining to urban agriculture.

Follow this link to review the agenda and items from Planning Commission related to the Urban Agriculture Text Amendment.

Ordinance No. 11328 Urban Agriculture - Adopted December 8, 2015 by Mayor and Council

Draft UDC Text Amendment Recommendations

Draft of Urban Agriculture Text Amendment (November 2015)

Draft of Urban Agriculture Text Amendment (July 2015)

Revision Matrix of Urban Agriculture Text Amendment (July 2015)

Draft of Urban Agriculture Text Amendment (May 2015)

Revision Matrix of Urban Agriculture Text Amendment (May 2015)

Urban Agriculture Amendments (September 2014 - redline version with comments)
Comparison of the Urban Agriculture Amendments (September 2014)
The September 2014 version is staff's response to questions, comments and suggested revisions raised by the public at the May, June, and July 2014 community meetings. In particular, the latest draft maintains those agricultural-related uses as currently permitted, eliminates previously proposed regulations that were more restrictive than current regulations, and revises the proposed keeping of small farm animal regulations to take lot size and the type of animal into consideration when determining the number of animals permitted. The draft shows the changes to the currently adopted requirements and the previously proposed April 2014 draft. Also included are comments explaining where changes are proposed and the rationale behind them.

Urban Agriculture Amendments (April 28, 2014)
Comparison of the Urban Agriculture Amendments (April 2014)
Solar Development Standards (March 2014)
Other (March 2014)

Urban Agriculture Public Meetings

October 23, 2014 Public Meeting
The fourth public meeting on the effort underway to revise the City’s zoning regulations on urban agriculture, including farmers’ markets, community gardens, urban farms, and the keeping of small animals.
Meeting Notice (This notice is in Spanish & English)
Urban Agriculture Fact Sheet (English) (Espanol)
Urban Agriculture Powerpoint (English) (Espanol)

July 23, 2014 Public Meeting 
Meeting Notice (This notice is in Spanish & English)
Urban Agriculture Powerpoint (English) (Espanol)
Consolidated Comments 
Staff Responses

June 10, 2014 Public Meeting
Presentation from the June 10, 2014 Public Meeting
Consolidated Comments 
Staff Responses

May 13, 2014 Public Meeting
Presentation from the May 13, 2014 Public Meeting
Consolidated Comments
Staff Responses


To assist in the development of these amendments, an ad-hoc committee of professional working in various fields related to sustainability (e.g. urban agriculture, solar, etc.), neighborhood representatives and developers has been formed.  This committee is known as the Sustainable Code Committee.

After meeting for approximately one year, the committee has concluded its work and has made its recommendations on the proposed urban agriculture solar development standards, and other sustainable standards.  The committee may be reconvened in the future if additional input and feedback is needed.



The Urban Agriculture Task Force is an ad-hoc advisory group comprised of Sustainable Code Committee members and neighborhood representatives. The Task Force was formed in response to objections raised to the Sustainable Code Committee recommendation. The goal of the task force is to develop revisions addressing the issues that have arisen with the proposed Urban Agriculture amendments.

December 11, 2013

November 13, 2013

October 23, 2013

October 9, 2013


Summary of September 17, 2013 meeting


Sustainable Code Integration Project
Draft Diagnostic Report Priority Recommendations

Notes from Clarion's meetings with stakeholders (January 31st and February 1st)

Neighborhood Representative meeting notes
Developers Meeting notes
Urban Food Meeting notes
Staff Meeting notes