Toledo's Urban Ag Rules Being Rewritten

(Toledo, OH) Revisions to Toledo's urban agriculture laws are getting rewritten again. 

The Toledo Plan Commission delayed a decision last month on amending city zoning code last month to allow community stakeholders to offer some input and suggestions. The effort is aimed at better defining what is agriculture in the city and what is considered urban gardening. 

The proposal divides urban ag operations into major and minor, based on the ability to sell products on-site or the size of a greenhouse on the property. Still, community gardens can fall into both categories and may be regulated. 

The new city code also addresses specific land use activities like composting and bee-keeping. 

The changes stem from a controversial case where a Toledo man was fined for making compost on vacant city lots, angering several community groups.

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