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Urban Agriculture, Gardens and Healthy Food now part of the Phoenix General Plan

Urban Agriculture, Gardens and Healthy Food now part of the Phoenix General Plan

This includes aquaponics

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Good morning my friends. The new dream for the future of the City of Phoenix passed last night (August 25, 2015). It goes by the mundane name of the General Plan but don’t let the name fool you. It is the document that guides all development in the city for the next 10 years. Essentially, the plan is the dream for the city. Zoning follows the plan and development follows zoning. Also and extremely important, this new plan will not sit on the shelf, but instead is living, SUSTAINABLE interactive, on line and designed for every citizen to be involved in the implementation process.

The plan presents what the citizens of Phoenix today would like to see for tomorrow. Within this context two great things were requested and provided:

1. The Vision and Community Benefits for the great Phoenix of the next ten years are now based on the tenets of the Sustainability Economic, Social and Environmental Triple Bottom Line:

Prosperity, Health and Environment

2. As one of the methods to achieve these benefits and for the first time for Phoenix, a major focus of the document is the creation of HEALTHY FOOD SYSTEMS including GARDENS AND URBAN AGRICULTURE.

Great things are about to happen!

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Comment by Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr. on October 1, 2015 at 7:42am

The difference is that now the city has a mandate to figure out how to do it instead of simply saying no, we don't have to. So now the rule making process begin. Two years ago Tucson also approved urban agriculture. The rule making process there was ugly. As it will be in Phoenix, everyone with their varied interests must sit down and negotiate. This includes people who desire (for example) chickens in their yard, and those with equal rights who don't want chickens next door.  This means that all who want responsible rules for urban ag in Phoenix must fight for them or they will not happen.

Comment by Michael & Kristine Stoddard on September 29, 2015 at 5:53pm

We can only hope that this will lead to a less restrictive policy for responsible tenants of the city when it comes to Urban Homesteading. Among other items, we would love to have a beehive someday and it's bothersome to think that most policies treat them like a nuisance. 

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