2) Re: 2010 House Bill 6458 (Exclude “urban agriculture” from Right to Farm Act ) by vmilitant on October 9, 2010
I'm not sure why the language was included to specifically target Detroit since that is the only city in the state with a population of over 900,000 people. One of the co-sponsors, Rep. Leland, represents a part of a small Detroit. I am not sure if he has any urban farming in his district, but I hope that he did this out of requests from the growers in his district and across the city of Detroit and not as part of any paternalistic philosophy.
Fortunately (or unfortunately, depends on how you look at it) this won't affect any other urban farming efforts across the state including Flint where I live. We have similar land use issues and there are several urban gardens/farms on lots in residential neighborhoods.
3) Re: 2010 House Bill 6458 (Exclude “urban agriculture” from Right to Farm Act ) by urbaniste1 on October 7, 2010
This does not make it harder. It in fact protects the City of Detroit to make its own regulations, responsive to the community and the growers. It further protects the City from commercial interests that may have no regard for best practices in the context of the neighborhood in which they locate. It keeps the ability of the city and its residents to determine what is best and not determined by outside interests.
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