Also, the Sac Urban Ag Coalition meets tomorrow (Thursday 11/6) at 10:00 am at the Sac Food Bank & Family Services to discuss the UAO. You're welcome to join.
DRAFT City Code, Chapter 17.108 DEFINITIONS
“Aquaculture” means the cultivation of marine or freshwater fish, shellfish, or plants under controlled conditions.
Aquaponics is a subset of aquaculture which integrates aquaculture with hydroponics by recycling the waste products from fish to fertilize hydroponically growing plants.
“Hydroponics” means a method of growing plants in soil-less medium or an aquatic- based environment in which plant nutrients are distributed via water.
“Market garden” means the cultivation of fruits, vegetables, flowers, fiber, nuts, seeds, or culinary herbs as the primary use in a zone other than an A, A-OS, or ARP-F zone that involves the sale or donation of its produce to the public.
DRAFT Chapter 17.228 Special Use Regulations Article VIII. Urban Agriculture
Aquaculture operations are allowed as an accessory use in residential and residential mixed use zones (R-1, R-1A, R-1B, R-2, R-2A, R-2B, R-3, R-3A, R-4, R- 4A, R-5, RMX, and RO).
Aquaculture operations in non-residential zones are allowed, subject to the regulations of the underlying zone.
All aquaculture uses shall be contained entirely within an enclosed structure that meets the requirements of chapter 17.624 [Residential Accessory Structure and Use Regs, which you can read in their entirety at http://www.qcode.us/codes/sacramento/ , or look at my annotated copy here. - PT], or in a yard that is screened from view of adjacent streets by fencing or landscaping.
[This is similar to regs for equipment like air conditioners - I think the idea is to minimize visual and noise problems, but I think they could do without the whole requirement to enclose or screen aquaculture setups.]
Looks great Paul. Keep us updated.
For some reason I cannot get to the annotated version of the city regs chapter 17.624
Try this link for 17.624:
I get an error message trying to access that page
I changed to the google chrome browser instead of the IE browser and it opened. Thanks
Sorry I couldn't chime in earlier, I think it all looks pretty good. I understand wanting to have visual screening. Lets face it, for people who don't geek out on these systems, plumbing and IBCs aren't aesthetically pleasing. Not to say it can't be done in an aesthetically pleasing manner.
Thanks Fishy. Unexpectedly met with City Planning Dept. staff Thursday afternoon. Staff takes what we proposed and puts their spin on it to present to Planning & Design Commission for approval. I asked staff why they put in the screening requirement for aquaponics, and their answer was essentially just what you describe. So, while we pushed for a couple other changes in non-aquaponics sections of staff's proposal, we didn't push much on dropping the screening requirement for aquaponics. I think it'll be fine.
just those terms, Jim. The big City Council vote is this Tuesday, March 24 at 6:00 pm at City Hall, and everyone is encouraged to attend in support of the Urban Ag Ordinance. See http://www.ubuntugreen.org/advocacy-urban-agriculture for latest update. The proposed ordinance is aquaponics-friendly.
For all urban ag including aquaponics, a few city council members have proposed additional restrictions on on-site sale of produce which we feel are unnecessary: one is to limit sales to Tuesdays and Saturdays, and another is to not allow sale of produce grown in a front yard (although it is legal to grow such produce). Based on experience in other cities (San Francisco, etc.), SUAC and many others think that the regulations of on-site sales that we already proposed are more than sufficient to prevent on-site sales from becoming any kind of problem.