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Urban Agriculture in Seattle:. Policy and Barriers. Leah Erickson Kyle Griggs Matt Maria Hester Serebrin prepared for Department of Planning and Development Department of Neighborhoods and P-Patch. Researched current programs Identified relevant stakeholders Identified common issues

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    1. Urban Agriculture in Seattle: Policy and Barriers

    2. Leah Erickson Kyle Griggs Matt Maria Hester Serebrin prepared for Department of Planning and DevelopmentDepartment of Neighborhoods and P-Patch

    3. Researched current programs • Identified relevant stakeholders • Identified common issues • Reviewed relevant literature • Examined current codes and laws • Developed and compiled recommendations

    4. Benefits of Urban Agriculture • Health • Nutrition • Exercise • Social • Relationships • Environmental • Green Space • Carbon Reduction • Economic • Local Support • Risk Management

    5. Urban Agriculture in Seattle • Seattle as a leader in Community Gardening. (1973) • The Acting Food Policy Council (2006) • The Sound Food Report (2006) • Local Food Action Initiative (2008)

    6. Urban Agriculture Stakeholders • Users of the land. • P-Patch, Market Gardens, etc. • Owners of the land. • Municipalities, Private • Those that broker arrangements. • P-Patch Trust, DON • Those that govern the land use. •  DPD, SDOT • Other stakeholders.

    7. Structure of Rules and Regulations Visioning Documents Municipal Code Zones Seattle/King County Department of Health Policy: The context for regulation

    8. Washington Growth Management Act Visioning Documents Urban Agriculture Seattle Comprehensive Plan Neighborhood Plans Enforceable Codes and Regulations Seattle Municipal Code Title 23 Land use provisions: Protect and promote public health, safety and general welfare through a set of regulations and procedures for the use of land which are consistent with and implement the City's Comprehensive Plan Resolutions Directors Decisions Ordinances Seattle/King County Department of Health Permits and Regulations

    9. Identified Barriers • Address Municipal and State Governance Improvements • Improve Access to Information and Interdepartmental Communication

    10. Municipal and State Governance • Definitions of Land Use • Land Use Zoning Policies • Developer Incentives • Regulation of  Food Production • Sale of Agricultural Products

    11. Information and Communication • Unintentional consequences of code changes  • Metadata and indexing • Interdepartmental Land Agreements • Lack of interdepartmental communication • Lack of dedicated department 

    12. Conclusion

    13. Thank You Questions?