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Farming on vacant urban land

A lot of food could be grown in urban areas on vacant land. This type of activity could engage communities and save costs is many ways.

Submitted by Seymore Applebaum 11 months ago

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  1. A good starting point for developing policy and guidelines from Vancouver: http://vancouver.ca/people-programs/urban-agriculture-guidelines.aspx

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  2. A lot of vacant urban land (such as former industrial lands) are highly contaminated and not good for growing crops. How about redeveloping this land rather than developing current agricultural lands for more urban sprawl.

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    1. Obviously contamination has to be a factor in determining whether a site is usable as an urban farm, but there are plenty of parcels that are sitting vacant due to speculation. No reason not to allow temporary community gardens on that land. In Vancouver, developers get a tax break by allowing their land to be cultivated on a temporary basis. It's a win-win-win.

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  3. Great idea, but I think this is a municipal issue. I believe this forum is for provincial issues only.

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    1. Seymore Applebaum Idea Submitter

      Some of the vacant land is owned or controlled by the province. The province can encourage municipalities across the province to consider this type of use for some vacant land in municipalities.

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    2. Municipalities have influence in zoning and development charges, which are factors in underutilized land.

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  4. btg

    in most cities, there is not a lot of vacant land, except for land like hydro corridors.

    certainly, in toronto, the brownfield sites have mostly been developed. in fact, "farmland" is taxed cheaper - so there is an oil storage tank facility near york university, and as long as th eoil company farms the vacant parts, they get a tax break.

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  5. Vacant urban land would not exist in the absence of government intervention in land use, through zoning (height and minimum setback restrictions, minimum automobile parking requirements, segregation of residential and commercial use of land), development charges (too high for infill and too low for low density) and property taxes (based on the value of land and building rather than land alone).

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  6. Seymore Applebaum Idea Submitter

    The high cost of transporting produce is becoming an important factor in the cost that people are paying in grocery stores or even farmers markets. Since we can grow a lot of vegetables on vacant land and on useless lawns in the city produce should be available within walking distance.

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  7. Good idea. In Ottawa, there are those "Garden Plots" that allow for gardening, and that could be expanded. Note that in the winter, those tracts of land are still vacant.

    10 months ago
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  8. Seymore Applebaum Idea Submitter

    Everyday, as I head home I see vacant plots that have been vacant for many years. Some are government owned/controlled land and others are awaiting and awaiting private development. It's a shame that this high quality land is not producing vegetables.

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  9. Some brownfield sites are nothing more than land banks by big developers. There are some cases were the lands had buildings on them and they were demolished,this brings the property tax down this is wrong

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