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CECAP GOAL 7:

The Comprehensive Environmental & Climate Action Plan (CECAP) was created in 2020; it is a set of protocols to adapt the City to the reality of Climate Change and ensure the City is action-oriented in mitigating the risks that come with Climate Change (extreme heat, droughts, flooding, and public health), and ensuring a sustainable Dallas. For more information about the CECAP, please visit here: CECAP.

Field Trip in Nature

What is a Comprehensive Urban Agriculture Plan? Read city UA Plan.
 

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A Statement from the Mayor

On Climate Change:

“Dallas is a healthy, safe and economically vibrant city. But to be a truly resilient city, Dallas must prepare for the effects of climate change. I want Dallas to continue to be a leader in efforts to reduce emissions and improve our air quality. Through our collective efforts and a focus on common-sense, data-driven solutions, we can ensure that our great city continues to thrive in the decades to come.”​

– Mayor Eric Johnson

RECOMMENDATION 1. 

 Reduce Regulatory Barriers

Based on current The Dallas City Code, urban farmers and gardeners operate in a legal gray area and often have to petition for exemptions and SUPs through City Managers and/or City Council. This process discourages potential new growers from establishing new commercial and community-based UA projects.

There is a need for simplified and inclusive ordinances that provide farmers and City employees clear guidance on how to efficiently establish new UA sites.

 

Action Item: Explore establishing UA as a suitable “public purpose,” allowing City-owned land to be leased out to farmers and gardeners at below-market rate leases.

   For reference: COD Dept of Economic Development document on guidelines for establishing “public purpose” and public private partnerships

   For reference: Example language from NY + Action Item: Work with OEQS and PUD to review changes to the Development Code and identify any potential red flags for implementation.

"How to set up an urban agriculture site from scratch"

RECOMMENDATION 2.

Support Land Access

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RECOMMENDATION 3.

Provide Urban Agriculture Education, Resources, and support to Dallas Residents

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Welcome to our UA Web Resource!

This site houses resources and recommendations covered in the Comprehensive UA Plan.

For submission of events, jobs or education, follow the above links. 

This site has its resources and recommendations covered in the comprehensive Urban Agriculture Plan.

RECOMMENDATION 4.

Facilitate Collaboration & Partnerships among UA Stakeholders

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Application Process

Formalize and maintain a Urban Agriculture Advisory Council/UAPEN that represents a range of UA stakeholders in the COD

RECOMMENDATION 5.

Build Market Opportunities

1 Year Completed Plan

Located here is our Ordinance Change and you can view all of our up to date changes. Ordinance change, SEC.42A-22. Location of neighborhood market. 

https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/2022/05/23/dallas-lift-the-ban-on-farmers-markets-in-residential-neighborhoods/

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