The folks at Indy Rezone are having a community meeting to discuss the impact of the current zoning plans on agriculture.
Now given the pace of modern life and the average citizens level of apathy towards anything that doesn’t shine when the light hits it, end in a fiery explosion or come loaded with sexual innuendo; I expect that people won’t have the good sense to show up, listen and discuss their own wants and needs with the people who are literally writing a set of rules that will determine your ability to meet those wants and needs in the foreseeable future.
So basically what I am saying is if you are one of those apathetic people, this post is not for you. Go back to whatever inane activity you were involved in before I bothered you.
But if you are one of the beautiful and intelligent people of Indianapolis who realizes that while it is a little on the boring side, the way our city is zoned will shape our lives in numerous ways…and you have any interest in raising food (or eating), then this little article is right up your alley.
If you think it is important but also think we can fix problems with this package later…the last time Indianapolis restructured its zoning was in 1970. Yep, almost 45 years. Two full generations. I am of then mindset that we should make sure it is done in a way that benefits residents now…This has long term impact. So you guys should just come over to the smart and pretty side of the room and listen up.
OK, now that we know who is listening (the bright, both in appearance and intellect) lets get into the meat of this.
If you have seen my recent articles on the Indy Rezone effort, then you know I personally think that there are several issues with aspects of it as they apply to personal agriculture in our fair city. If you have not; see here, here, here and here to catch up. Oh and if you are catching up go ahead and spend some time at the Indy Rezone website and familiarize yourself with the zoning package as well. The long and the short is there are restrictions which directly impact community gardens, urban livestock, greenhouses, composting, and several other aspects of urban food production.
At any rate, If you have similar issue with these new regulations, or even if you just want to learn more about what is being done…without actually reading a huge boring document, now you have a great opportunity. Because like I said at the beginning of this article, Indy Rezone is having a community meeting on the proposed zoning rules as they apply to urban agriculture.
This meeting is being held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, at Discovery Hall in suite 201. If you don’t know the State Fairgrounds are located at 1202 E 38th Street. This meeting will be held at noon and again at 5:30 pm on Wednesday July 16th.
So there you have it. How we allow our cities zoning rules to affect urban permaculture and local food production for the next 50 or so years is going to be determined over the next six months or so. This meeting is another opportunity to give your input and make sure that people have the chance to provide for themselves in a meaningful way. Don’t miss it, your city needs you.