The Conservation Law Foundation, a New England-based environmental law organization, is collaborating with the Burlington Food Council to support the adoption of the policy recommendations identified by the Urban Agriculture Task Force. Check out the blog piece CLF published about the partnership.
Here’s a bit of an update on the policy process:
This winter, the Board of Health developed a draft animal husbandry ordinance in collaboration with the Humane Society of Chittenden County. A subcommittee of the Board of Health, which includes representation from the BFC, the City Attorney’s office, Code Enforcement, and the Humane Society, is now taking a thoughtful approach to developing an ordinance to address the issue of slaughtering.
In March, I met with the Planning Commission, which is addressing the management of urban agriculture structures. The Commission requested support from Planning and Zoning staff to draft the ordinance changes, and we anticipate meeting with that department in July.
While it is difficult to anticipate exactly when we might expect ordinances to advance to City Council, we’ll be ready to get the word out when that happens so the Burlington community can provide input. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the process or want to get involved, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.