Land Access Working Group
Values: Equitable, Inclusive, Transparent, Effective, Productive, Accountability and Respect
1. Increase the number of acres of land being cultivated for food production within the city.
2. Remove policy barriers that prevent urban agriculture from thriving within the city.
2015 Policy Goals:
a) Extend the lease terms for City-owned parcels to greater than one year, with a preferred minimum of five years;
b) Allow commercial growers to lease or purchase City-owned parcels, with the understanding that community gardeners would have priority access; and
c) Expand the total number of City-owned lots available for urban agricultural lease or sale
For more details and history, including objectives, proposed priorities and values, and proposed outcomes, please see these documents:
The working group emerged from strategic planning done by the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council in early 2013, which was informed by community input at the December 2012 stakeholder event and the work done during the first two phases of Homegrown Minneapolis.
Community outreach meeting notes are below (with the most recent first):
Prior Urban Agriculture Activities
In March of 2012 the Minneapolis City Council amended the zoning code to allow for expanded urban agriculture in the city. The zoning code text amendment approved two new land uses—for market gardens and urban farms—and set development and design standards. This effort takes food growing to a new level for the benefit of resident health, the environment and the economic vitality of the city.
Under the new code, regulatory barriers are removed that make it difficult to establish land uses for agriculture in the city. Urban agricultural land uses are now expanded in all zonig districts to include:
- Small market gardens, 10,000 square feet or less of growing area on the ground, on a rooftop, or inside a building. A new temporary use permit was also created, allowing a farmstand to operate for up to 15 days per year. This allows market and community gardeners limited ability to sell products at the location they are grown.
- Larger market gardens, on the ground, on a rooftop, or inside a building. Conditional use permit required; must be compatible with surrounding properties.
- Urban farms, limited to industrial districts and the general commercial district (C4 district), allowing produce to be grown, processed and distributed in the same lot.
The change in the zoning code originates from a broader vision and a specific recommendation for policy changes to support access to land for growing food and to support local food-related activities that was put forward in the first phase of the Homegrown Minneapolis initiative.
Last updated Aug 14, 2015