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									   Farmers Market Zoning Text Amendment
                  Z-10-30




Presented by the Department of Planning and Community Development
                and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability
Farmers’ Markets on Private Property*
                           *Regulated by zoning regulations

•    East Atlanta Village Farmers’ Market
•    East Lake Farmers’ Market
•    Intown Atlanta Farmers’ Market
•    Morningside Farmers' Market
•    Northwest Area Farmers’ Market
•    Peachtree Road Farmers’ Market
•    SWOOM - Southwest Outdoor Organic Market
•    West End Farmers’ Market
•    999 Peachtree Farmers’ Market



Farmers’ Markets on Public Property
• Green Market at Piedmont Park**
    ** These markets are governed by a separate process.
Text Amendment to the Zoning
Ordinance: What is the
legislation?

This text amendment proposes to modify and
revise certain provisions of the Zoning
Ordinance to:
• Create a definition for Farmer’s Markets,
• Identify zoning districts where permitted, and
• Establish minimum criteria under which such
establishments may operate.


Who was involved in drafting
the changes?

Farmers market managers, local farmers,
and local non-profit Georgia Organics
worked with city staff to discuss and guide
the intent and substance of the changes.
How were the changes
drafted?
•   Best practice research involving cities
    such as Fresno, Seattle, and the state
    of Maine

•   Identification of common trends like:
     • Market manners of operation
    • Type of vendors and products sold
     • Parking required
     • Permits required


•   Establishment of customized
    guidelines that address regional needs
    in the City of Atlanta.

How should you review these
changes?
This is an initial draft of the proposed
changes. We value continuous input from
the farmers’ markets and the community,
so please review the changes, evaluate the
content, and provide us with feedback.
The proposed changes to
the Zoning Ordinance can be
summarized as follows:
1. New definitions:

  Farmers’ Market: An outdoor market open to the public, operated by a governmental
                   agency, a non-profit corporation, or one or more producers where:

   a) Inventory: At least 75% of the displayed inventory of the products sold in each Market
   is Farm Products or Value-Added Farm Products;

  b) Operations: At least 75% of   the booths
  open during the market’s          hours of
  operation are Producers,         or family
  members or employees or          agents of
  Producers; and

  c) Product disclosure: A booth that sells
  Farm Products or Value-Added Farm
  Products not produced by the vendor must
  explicitly disclose to customers the off-site
  producer’s name and location. Said
  information must be displayed in visible
  lettering at least 2 inches tall.
1. New definitions (continued):

    •   Producer:
         a) A person or entity that raises or farm products
            on land that the person or entity farms and
            owns, rents or leases or
         b) A person or entity that creates (by cooking,
            canning, baking, preserving, roasting, etc.)
            Value-Added Farm Products

    •   Farm Products: Fruits, vegetables, mushrooms,
        herbs, grains, legumes, nuts, shell eggs, honey or
        other bee products, flowers, nursery stock,
        livestock food products (including meat, milk,
        yogurt, cheese and other dairy products), and
        seafood

    •   Value-Added Farm Product: Any product processed
        by a Producer from a Farm Product, such as baked
        goods, jams and jellies, canned vegetables, dried
        fruit, syrups, salsas, salad dressings, flours, coffee,
        smoked or canned meats or fish, sausages, or
        prepared foods.
2. Revising the Special Administrative Permit (SAP) permit process to
   accommodate Farmers’ Markets:

    •   Permit: SAP required to operate a Farmers’ Market which shall be valid for 12
        months.

    •   Operating Standards: Farmers’ Market must submit documentation to comply with
        the following standards:

         • Establishment of operating rules addressing the governance structure of the
           market, hours of operation, maintenance, security requirements, and the
           appointment of a Market Manager; and

         • On-site presence of a Market Manager to direct the operations of all vendors
           and verify that the requisite number of individual booth are operated by
           Producers;

         • Assignment of booths and registration of Producers;

         • Provision for recycling and waste removal in accordance with all applicable
           codes.

    •   Hours of operation: limited to 3 days per week for 6 hours a day between 7 a.m.
        and 9 p.m. Market set-up shall begin no earlier than 6 a.m. and take-down shall
        end no later than 10 p.m.
2. Revising the Special Administrative Permit (SAP) permit process to
   accommodate Farmers’ Markets (continued):

    •   Parking requirements:

         •   Minimum required: During the hours of operation, dedicated and exclusive
             parking shall be provided at the rate of a minimum of 1 space/booth,
             except zoning districts where there is no minimum parking requirement,
             there shall be no parking required for a Farmers’ market.

         •   On-site parking: Farmers’ Markets may share existing required parking of
             the host property provided the designated spaces will not be required for
             use by the host property during the market’s hours of operation.

         •   Off Site Parking: spaces located up to
             500 feet away may apply to the
             number of parking spaces required by
             the Farmers’ Market, provided the
             market controls said spaces through a
             lease agreement submitted to the
             Office of Planning.
3. Allow Farmers Markets as a permitted use:

   In the following Commercial and Mixed-use zoning districts:

    •   Residential Limited Commercial (RLC)
    •   Office Institutional (O-I)
    •   Commercial (C-1 through C-5)
    •   Industrial (I-1 and I-2)
    •   Planned Developed Districts (PD-MU, PD-PB and PD-OC )
    •   Neighborhood Commercial (NC)
    •   Live Work (LW)
    •   Mixed Residential Commercial (MRC)
    •   SPI districts


   In the following Residential zoning districts Farmer’s Markets shall be limited to
   parcels used as churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other religious worship
   facilities or schools:

    •   Single Family and Two Family Districts (R-1 through R-5)
    •   Multi-family Districts (RG and MR)
    •   SPI Districts – in Residential subareas
                Thank you!
    Contact us for additional questions or comments:

Mandy Mahoney                          Enrique Bascunana
Office of Sustainability               Office of Planning
404-954-8488                           404-330-6296
Sustainability@atlantaga.gov           ebascunana@atlantaga.gov

                Find Your Local Market Here:
    http://www.georgiaorganics.org/OrganicDirectory.aspx

								
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