Sustainable Code Project

The Sustainable Code Project is one of a series of projects commissioned by the City's Office of Conservation and Sustainable Development (OCSD) and financed by a Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant. The purpose of the project is to amend the City's Unified Development Code and its supporting documents to implement the City's sustainable goals and policies as identified in the diagnostic report. The proposals include proposed amendments related to urban agriculture, solar development standards, and other various sustainable standards.


Urban Agriculture Public Meetings

You are invited to a public meeting on the effort underway to revise the City’s zoning regulations on urban agriculture, including farmers’ markets, community gardens, urban farms, and the keeping of small animals. The third public meeting is yet to be determined

Contact Carolyn Laurie at (520) 837-4953 or Rebecca Ruopp at (520) 837-6973 or e-mail if you have any questions or would like to submit comments and/or recommended changes to the proposed urban agriculture regulations.

July 23, 2014 Public Meeting 
Meeting Notice (This notice is in Spanish & English)
Urban Agriculture Powerpoint (English)
Urban Agriculture Powerpoint (Espanol)

June 10, 2014 Public Meeting
Presentation from the June 10, 2014 Public Meeting
Consolidated Comments

May 13, 2014 Public Meeting
Presentation from the May 13, 2014 Public Meeting
Consolidated Comments

Draft UDC Text Amendment Recommendations
Urban Agriculture Amendments (April 28, 2014)
Comparison of the Urban Agriculture Amendments (April 2014)
Solar Development Standards (March 2014)
Other (March 2014)



To assist in the development of these amendments, an ad-hoc committee of professional working in various fields related to sustainability (e.g. urban agriculture, solar, etc.), neighborhood representatives and developers has been formed.  This committee is known as the Sustainable Code Committee.

After meeting for approximately one year, the committee has concluded its work and has made its recommendations on the proposed urban agriculture solar development standards, and other sustainable standards.  The committee may be reconvened in the future if additional input and feedback is needed.





The Urban Agriculture Task Force is an ad-hoc advisory group comprised of Sustainable Code Committee members and neighborhood representatives. The Task Force was formed in response to objections raised to the Sustainable Code Committee recommendation. The goal of the task force is to develop revisions addressing the issues that have arisen with the proposed Urban Agriculture amendments.



December 11, 2013


November 13, 2013

October 23, 2013

October 9, 2013



Summary of September 17, 2013 meeting



Sustainable Code Integration Project
Draft Diagnostic Report Priority Recommendations

Notes from Clarion's meetings with stakeholders (January 31st and February 1st)

Neighborhood Representative meeting notes
Developers Meeting notes
Urban Food Meeting notes
Staff Meeting notes