Urban Agriculture Overlay District Health Impact Assessment

Location
Cleveland, Ohio
Organization(s)
Cleveland Planning Commission, partnering with Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Saint Lukes Foundation, Cleveland Department of Public Health

The Urban Agriculture overlay district is a proposed piece of legislation that will introduce intense farm uses in an urbanized environment that will include livestock, community gardens, hoop houses, market gardens, and Community gardens. Although many of the proposed uses that this zoning district will allow are perceived to have positive impacts on human health such as access to fresh fruits and vegetables, community cohesion through the establishment of gardens, potential economic opportunities, and providing a productive reuse of vacant land. There are unintended adverse impacts to human health that include increase animal waste caused by farm animals, potential exposure to carcinogens created by insecticides, and increases in noise and odor levels.

Outcome

The HIA is providing local officials with an organized approach for considering health impacts in a thoughtful and careful way.

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At A Glance

Status
Complete
Completion Date
2012
Decision-Level
Local
Sector
Agriculture, Food and Drug
Organization Type
Government Agency
Estimated Cost
$120,000
Length
90 to 180 days (projected)