Planning Commision Approves Business Gardens

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

Two James Madison University students are one step closer to selling the vegetables they have been growing in their garden.

The Harrisonburg City Planning Commission unanimously approved an ordinance amendment to allow people to have a business garden.

It is an amendment to the city's current home occupation zoning ordinance.

The current ordinance allows people to sell items from inside their home.

The amendment will allow someone living in the city to sell vegetables they grow outside. However, they cannot sell on site or advertise there.

Only the people who live in the home are allowed to work at the garden.

Alex Smith attended the meeting and said he supports the measure.

"People should be able to grow food in their property and it's really a very individual decision. I don't really care what everybody else does in their backyard as long as it doesn't affect me in a negative way. This is one of those kinds of things. You're already allowed to have a vegetable garden so why shouldn't you be allowed to sell," said Smith.

The city council will vote on the measure on March 12.

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