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Agriculture Zoning to Move Forward in South Dorchester

Feb 10, 2011

New Zoning to Allow for Agriculture Use in South Dorchester BRA board approves an amendment to Articles 3 and 60 of the Zoning Code to establish an Urban Agriculture Overlay District (“UAOD”) in South Dorchester. The recommendation of this approval is in conjunction with Mayor Menino’s Urban Agriculture Initiative. The Mayor is committed to improving public health and environmental sustainability for Boston residents by increasing access to fresh, locally produced food. The new UAOD is part of a Pilot Project undertaken jointly by the Mayor’s Office, the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) and the BRA to spur urban farming on four City owned properties in time for the 2011 growing season.  The pilot project is the first phase of a larger Urban Agriculture Rezoning Project intended to modify the Boston Zoning Code to support and facilitate urban farming.  Phase II of the Urban  Agriculture Rezoning Initiative will involve the creation of a new article to the Zoning Code to facilitate agriculture more broadly throughout the city.  Phase II will involve many public meetings, as community input is crucial to the success of this project. This UAOD is still subject to approval by the Boston Zoning Commission who will meet on March 9th to review the amendment.

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