Jul
03

New York City Council encourages Urban Farming & Rooftop Greenhouses

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Recently, the New York City Council passed two bills supporting consumption and production of local foods and farming.

  • ·         Buildings with a rooftop greenhouse will not be considered an additional story by the Department of Buildings
  • ·         Greenhouses will be exempt from height limits as long as they take up less than one-third of the rooftop.
  • ·         The city will maintain a database of unused spaces in order to transform them for urban farm use.
  • ·         Another bill will require city facilities like jails and health centers to purchase locally grown food.

 The bills are being sent to Mayor Bloomberg, where he is likely to sign them into law . From inhabitat New York City article

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