The City of Oakland to Vote on Oaklanders' Right to Grow Food
After four years of advocating for the right to grow food in our neighborhoods, we are getting an answer to our pleas.
At this Wednesday’s Planning Commission meeting, the City of Oakland will respond to a community campaign spearheaded by the Oakland Food Policy Council with leadership from Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, which demands that the City remove costly and prohibitive barriers to food production.
In a historic show of support, Oakland Planning Department will present proposed zoning regulations that will make significant changes in allowing Oaklanders to grow, harvest, and sell their own food, ‘by right.’ After years of grappling with prohibitive permits, residents would be able to create community gardens outright in all but a few select commercial and industrial zones of Oakland. The City will also seek to remove permitting requirements for the growing & selling of produce in other areas, including residential neighborhoods.
Citizens can speak in favor of these changes at the Planning Commission meeting this Wednesday, September 17th, at 6PM at Oakland City Hall, One Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Hearing Room No. 1 in Oakland, CA 94612.
Approval of these policies will be a monumental step for the City of Oakland toward supporting our right to self-determination and localized food production.
Growing food is a right, not a conditional privilege.