300.00 permits to grow food? Pittsburgh zoning needs work
February 24, 2010, 1:36 pm
Filed under: bees, chickens, pittsburgh | Tags: , , , ,

It’s timely that the city is dusting off the urban agriculture ordinances. There’s a fair amount of interest in growing and selling veggies grown on urban lots, and on having your little chicken coop or beehive in the backyard. But the zoning laws need to keep pace with the times. There was a hearing and local groups came out in force to suggest some necessary tweaking to the laws. Some pointed to the rather onerous fees that would be required–300.00?? Pretty steep tax seems to me! And the setback requirements were also a bit extreme.

Why should we care if we don’t live in the city? Well all the neighboring boroughs will be looking to the city for models. So it’s important to get it done right!

Apparently the groups will revise the ordinance and resubmit it next month. Good luck!


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