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Grand Rapids officials emphasize urban agriculture strategy

Hilary Farrell

Grand Rapids officials say creation of an urban agriculture committee is part of an added focus on farming within city limits.

City Mayor Rosalynn Bliss says if approved, the proposed 13-member committee would serve as an advisory board for city regulations - including local laws and zoning.

"And they would also inform other processes that potentially would impact urban ag(riculture)," she says. "So if there are zoning issues related to (urban farming), then they would weigh in and share their thoughts about that."

Commissioners also reviewed changes to current code allowing residential chickens within city limits.

Officials say the amendments would make the pilot program more permanent, and offer some flexibility in cases of neighbor dissent.

Commissioners are expected to vote on both items later this month.

Hilary is a General Assignment and Enterprise reporter for WGVU Public Media. She joined WGVU in September 2014 after several years of experience as a local news reporter, anchor and photojournalist in Midland, Saginaw and Bay counties. She's also worked as a financial and business reporter and audio field producer.
Kayla Tucker is a radio news intern at WGVU. She is a student at Grand Rapids Community College, where she is the Editor-in-Chief of The Collegiate newspaper.
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