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Topic: Food Processing, Storage & Distribution, Food Production, Food Sales, Access & Procurement, Urban Agriculture, Waste Management

Sub-topics: composting, food distribution, food processing, food storage, grocery stores, local procurement, pollinators, urban gardens/orchard, zoning

Document Type: Visioning Document | Year: 2012

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Topic: Development and Productive use of Agricultural Land, Food Sales, Access & Procurement, Policy Partnerships, Advocacy & Development, Wildlife/Environmental/Pest Management

Sub-topics: partnerships/advocacy/liaising

Document Type: Visioning Document | Year: 2014

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Topic Subtopic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Location
food access; sales and local procurement;
wildlife, environment and pest management;
policy partnerships advocacy & development
policy partnerships, advocacy and liaising; Food security in a growing region. CRP and member municipalities recognize the need for strategies and collaborative actions to ensure continued access to safe, affordable and sustainably-produced food for the region’s population.
 
3. b. 9
development and productive use of agricultural land; policy partnerships advocacy & development policy partnerships, advocacy and liaising; Sustain agricultural lands. Member municipalities will minimize the fragmentation and conversion of better agricultural lands to other land uses. 3. c. 1
development and productive use of agricultural land;
wildlife, environment and pest management;
policy partnerships advocacy & development
policy partnerships, advocacy and liaising; Location of rural residential development. Rural residential growth will be
encouraged to be located and designed in a way as to minimize the impact on
the environmental processes and agricultural capability of the land.
3. c. 4

 

Topic: Food Production, Urban Agriculture

Sub-topics: urban gardens/orchard, zoning

Document Type: Regulatory Bylaw | Year: 2016

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urban agriculture;
food production;
urban gardens/orchards;
zoning;
Community gardens shall be considered a discretionary use in all districts and are subject to approval by the Development Authority and any applicable Town policies. 7.8.1

 

Topic: Food Sales, Access & Procurement

Sub-topics: mobile/street food vending

Document Type: Regulatory Bylaw | Year: Consolidated 2017

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food sales, access and procurement; mobile/street food vending;
Hawkers, Peddlers and Street Vendors shall be permitted to operate on any privately owned property within the Town of Cochrane, provided that a letter of permission from the property owner has been submitted with the Application and a Development Permit obtained from the Town’s Development Authority.
4.4
food sales, access and procurement; mobile/street food vending; A Business License issued to a Hawker, Peddler or Street Vendor of foodstuffs, fruits and / or vegetables, shall be withheld until the Applicant has produced a certificate from the Calgary Board of Health or such other authorized Health Inspection Agency stating that the vehicle or receptacle from which the applicant intends to sell produce is in a sanitary condition. Every such vehicle or receptacle shall at all times be subject to inspection by a Health Officer to ascertain that the said vehicle or receptacle and contents thereof are clean and sanitary. 4.5

 

Topic: Development and Productive use of Agricultural Land

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Document Type: Municipal Development Plan | Year: 2008

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development and productive use of agricultural land;   FRAMEWORK FOR BOUNDARY EXPANSION (a) Rural lands surrounding the Town have an intrinsic value that reinforces Cochrane's character and heritage. Therefore, the preservation of these agricultural and rural lands is considered an important planning goal. The Town will promote more efficient and effective use of lands within its boundaries before expanding them. 13.3a
development and productive use of agricultural land;   When appropriate, boundary expansion into the rural area is dependent on how the land fits into the following criteria: (i) ability to service, use of existing capacity, and infrastructure upgrades; (ii) topographic constraints; (iii) efficient transportation linkages (both vehicular and pedestrian); (iv) intrusion into existing uses; (v) ability to promote more compact Town growth as opposed to growth along linear corridors; (vi) agricultural capability; (vii) ease of land assembly. 13.3b

 

Topic: Economic Development, Food Sales, Access & Procurement

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Document Type: Visioning Document | Year: 2009

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food sales, access and procurement;

economic development;

  We consume the bounty of our local economy. Targets: By 2029, increase local food consumption by 50%. 5

 

Topic: Food Sales, Access & Procurement

Sub-topics: mobile/street food vending

Document Type: Zoning Bylaw | Year: Consolidated 2017

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food sales, access and procurement; mobile/street food vending; Definitions ...“operation base” means the primary location of a Mobile Food Vendor business. It includes the location for office space, vehicle storage, product storage, food preparation space etc. The Operation Base is defined as an area with in the municipal boundaries of the Town; ... 37 (pg. 169)
food sales, access and procurement; mobile/street food vending; GENERAL REGULATIONS FOR OPERATION BASE: a) Where listed as a Use, Operation Base may be located in residential or non-residential Districts; b) Operation Base located within a residence shall be limited to a maximum of 30% of the gross floor area of the principal residence, which includes the area of one (1) accessory building. All business activities shall be conducted entirely within the confines of these buildings; c) Operation Based and Home Based Business (Major) may be placed within the same residence subject to the combined gross Land Use Bylaw 0/2004 Office Consolidation 54 floor area of the two uses and at the discretion and satisfaction of the Development Authority; d) Operation Base located within a residence shall have employees limited to the residents of the dwelling unit; e) Exterior storage of goods or materials related to the Operation Base is prohibited within all residential districts; f) Vehicles related to the Operation Base that are over 4,500 kg are not permitted to be stored or parked in a residential district or the Central Business District between the hours of 8:00pm and 8:00am; g) Vehicles related to the Operation Base that are permitted to be stored or parked in residential and non-residential districts shall be screened at the discretion and satisfactory of the Development Authority; h) Operation Base located within a residence is prohibited from having customers at the dwelling unit; i) All Operation Bases must meet the requirements of a Mobile Food Vendor Permit & Development Permit; j) Operation Bases must comply with all Municipal and Provincial regulations.
See document for zones where mobile food vending is permitted.
11.25.2

 

Topic: Food Production, Urban Agriculture

Sub-topics: livestock, urban chickens

Document Type: Regulatory Bylaw | Year: Consolidated 2017

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food production;

urban agriculture;

urban chickens;

livestock;

Chickens are permitted only at Canmore Collegiate High School 26.1

food production;

urban agriculture;

urban chickens;

livestock;

The maximum number of chickens permitted at Canmore Collegiate High School is 12 26.2

 

Topic: Economic Development, Education, Food Production, Food Sales, Access & Procurement, Nutrition and Public Health, Policy Partnerships, Advocacy & Development, Urban Agriculture, Waste Management, Wildlife/Environmental/Pest Management

Sub-topics: community food system education, composting, farmers' markets, pesticide and pest management, urban gardens/orchard

Document Type: Municipal Development Plan | Year: 2014

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Topic Subtopic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Location

policy partnerships, advocacy and development;

nutrition & public health;

economic development;

  Food Security Encourage research, policies and programs that increase food security, improve health outcomes and create social and economic opportunities. CH-2.1

education;

urban agriculture;

food production;

community food systems education;

urban gardens/orchard;

Greater Access to Community and Home Gardens Encourage where appropriate, the creation of new community gardens on public lands, as well as the retention of existing community gardens. Provide educational seminars for home gardening covering topics such as climate tolerant species and types of gardening beds. CH-2.2
waste management;

composting;

urban gardens/orchard;

Food Waste Encourage food waste composting ranging from individual households to neighbourhood coordination with community gardens. NE-4.3

food sales, access and procurement;

education;

farmer's markets;

community food system education;

Support for Farmer's Markets Encourage broad access to fresh foods through farmer’s markets and work with educational providers to increase awareness on the value of food. CH-2.4

nutrition & public health;

food sales, access and procurement;

  10 Community Health Access to Local Food The World Food Summit of 1996 defined food security as existing “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”. Commonly, the concept of food security is defined as including both physical and economic access to food that meets people's dietary needs as well as their food preferences. Food security is built on three pillars: • Food availability: sufficient quantities of food available on a consistent basis; • Food access: having sufficient resources to obtain appropriate foods for a nutritious diet; and • Food use: appropriate use based on knowledge of basic nutrition and care, as well as adequate water and sanitation. Food security is a complex sustainable development issue, linked to health through malnutrition, but also to sustainable economic development, environment and trade. CH-2

wildlife/environmental/pest management;

urban agriculture;

pesticide and pest management;

urban gardens/orchard;

Landscaping and Gardening Encourage environmentally responsible landscaping and gardening practices that reduce water use and water pollution, including the increased use of locally appropriate species and reduced use of fertilizers and pesticides NE-2.3

 

Topic: Development and Productive use of Agricultural Land, Food Processing, Storage & Distribution, Food Production, Urban - Agriculture Conflict & Edge Planning, Urban Agriculture

Sub-topics: crops, farm retail/farm gate sales, food distribution, livestock, urban gardens/orchard, zoning

Document Type: Municipal Development Plan | Year: 2013

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Topic Subtopic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Location

food production;

food processing, storage and distribution;

food distribution; Environmental Responsibility Address issues of community resiliency The Town is committed to developing sound policy to address protection of local food production and distribution. 1.5 a

food production;

food processing, storage and distribution;

urban agriculture;

food distribution; The Town will research best practices for urban agriculture and appropriate stages for support of the food production and distribution system. 1.5 b

urban agriculture;

food production;

urban gardens/orchard; The Town will encourage community food gardens by offering leasable allotments on select municipal reserve lands and allow for small-scale agricultural operations that are compatible with an urban built environment and existing land uses within the Town’s boundaries. 1.5 c

development and productive use of agricultural land;

urban-agricultural conflict & edge planning;

zoning;

Areas for Future Urban Development
So that these areas are protected for future development potential, the Town will only allow uses that will not adversely impact urban settlement or that will not be detrimental to future urbanization. Sites may remain as existing uses, agricultural uses or other development uses that do not require major buildings or services. Should a road be developed to service such uses, it should be designed to accommodate future urban servicing.

6.8
food production;

crops;

farm retail/farm gate sales;

livestock;

Areas for Future Urban Development
Extensive agricultural uses, such as field crops and market gardens supported by roadside produce sales, are encouraged, but intensive agricultural uses, such as livestock operations, will not be supported.
6.8 b