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File #: 160523    Version: Name:
Type: Bill Status: ENACTED
File created: 5/19/2016 In control: Committee on Finance
On agenda: Final action: 6/16/2016
Title: Providing for an exemption from charges relating to storm water management and disposal for community gardens operated for community benefit and producing food or non-food crops; all under certain terms and conditions.
Sponsors: Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez
Indexes: WATER AND SEWER
Attachments: 1. CertifiedCopy16052301.pdf
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultTallyAction DetailsVideo
6/28/20161 MAYOR SIGNED   Action details Not available
6/16/20161 CITY COUNCIL READ AND PASSEDPass17:0 Action details Not available
6/9/20161 CITY COUNCIL ORDERED PLACED ON THIS DAY`S FIRST READING CALENDAR   Action details Not available
6/9/20161 CITY COUNCIL SUSPEND THE RULES OF THE COUNCILPass  Action details Not available
6/9/20161 CITY COUNCIL READ AND ORDERED PLACED ON NEXT WEEK'S SECOND READING CALENDAR   Action details Not available
6/2/20160 Committee on Finance HEARING NOTICES SENT   Action details Not available
6/2/20160 Committee on Finance HEARING HELD   Action details Not available
6/2/20160 Committee on Finance AMENDED   Action details Not available
6/2/20161 Committee on Finance REPORTED FAVORABLY, RULE SUSPENSION REQUESTED   Action details Not available
5/19/20160 CITY COUNCIL Introduced and ReferredPass  Action details Not available
Title
Providing for an exemption from charges relating to storm water management and disposal for community gardens operated for community benefit and producing food or non-food crops; all under certain terms and conditions.

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THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA HEREBY ORDAINS:

SECTION 1. Title 19 of The Philadelphia Code, relating to Finances, Taxes, and Collections, is hereby amended to read as follows:

CHAPTER 19-1600. WATER AND SEWER RENTS.

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§19-1603. [Reserved.] Community Gardens.

(1) For purposes of this Section, "Community Garden" shall mean any parcel of land used for growing crops, whether food or non-food, for personal consumption, donation, or sale, provided that the following criteria are met:

(a) The parcel's principal use is devoted to regularly-planted crop bed and such other related uses as are reasonable and necessary to growing such crops and maintaining the garden (for example, but not by way of limitation, common areas for hand tool storage sheds or compost bins);

(b) At least 80% of the gross area of the parcel is effectively pervious;

(c) A community or non-profit organization, or a group of individuals ascertainable to the Water Department and associated for purposes of operating the garden for public benefit, operates the parcel and possesses written evidence of the right to use the parcel as a Community Garden; such evidence may include a deed in the name of the organization, a lease, license or other agreement, or such other written authorization as may be reasonably satisfactory to the Water Department;

(d) Gardening activities are conducted primarily by members of the organization or group of individuals defined in §19-1603(1)(c); and

(e) The parcel is appropriately maintained so as not to cause blight or nuisance.

(2) Upon the Water Department's approval of an application as set forth in this subsection (2), a parcel shall be classified as a "Community Garden" and shall be eligib...

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