Plan Commission Unearths New Urban Garden Regs

(Toledo, OH) Urban gardening regulations in Toledo are about to get replanted. 

The Toledo plan commission will consider redefining the difference between a small urban farm and bigger operations like nurseries and greenhouses. 

The new regulations were prompted by a controversial case last year involving Thomas Jackson, who was fined $3,000 for refusing to remove mulch from three vacant central city lots he hoped to turn into a community garden. Activists pushed to rewrite the city zoning code following that case. 

The new regulations will establish new rules for community gardens and small farms-- and include specific guidelines for composting, bee-keeping, and other activities popular with urban agriculture.

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