Oakland Takes First Step Toward Embracing Urban Agriculture

At last night’s city planning commission meeting, Oakland quietly took its first steps toward allowing commercial urban agriculture on private land. Tucked amidst a packed agenda featuring fifteen separate items was a provision to amend the city’s Planning Code to allow crop-growing as a home occupation — meaning it would be legal to sell produce grown on private residential land, provided the activity did not result in noise, traffic, or smell nuisances. Three members of the public delivered opinions, all in favor, and the planning commission issued its stamp of approval and moved the item along to city council.

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