Implementing Food Systems in Orange County

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Implementing Food Systems in Orange County

  1. 1. Food Production Research and Zoning Code Changes
  2. 2. Agriculture in Florida Part of the state’s three legged economic stool  47,500 commercial farms, using a total of 9.25 million acres  Ranks 2nd in the production value of vegetables and greenhouse & nursery products  Ranks 7th in agricultural exports with $3.1 billion  Accounts for 65 % of total U.S. citrus production
  3. 3. About Orange County  Urban County  Service Economy  Weather  Farm Buyouts  Development Pressures
  4. 4. Purpose of the Project  Examine County’s food production sector  Overview of agricultural industry  Map distribution of agricultural land  Identify food processing & distribution uses  Find connections between these industries
  5. 5. Data Sources and Methodology 2007 USDA Agricultural Census Department of Revenue (DOR) codes InfoUSA business database Historical Documents
  6. 6. 2007 Agricultural Census  Total Value of Agriculture was $269.9 million  Small Farms Predominate  Top Agricultural Products  Nursery & Floriculture  Fruit Trees (Citrus)  Beef Cattle & Ranching  Other Animal Production
  7. 7. Distribution of Agricultural Land by DOR Code
  8. 8. Urban Agriculture  15,000 Acres of Agricultural Land within County USA  40 percent of land is within Planned Developments  Most land is classified Pasture or Timber
  9. 9. Food Processing 47 Food Manufacturing Operations  Other Food  Bakeries  Confection/Beverages  Animal/Sea Food  Fruit and Vegetable
  10. 10. Wholesale Distribution  122 Food Distribution Operations  Other Food  Dairy and Frozen Foods  Fruit & Vegetables  Meat and Sea Food
  11. 11. Food Systems Connections Food production is heavily influenced by service economy There is not a strict connection between agriculture and food processing & distribution industries Small agglomerations in West Orange County
  12. 12. Opportunities to Foster Connections People want access to fresh food and to be closer to their food sources  Orange County had two “food” zoning cases during the past three years  Farmers’ Markets are increasing in popularity  New zoning code in the works
  13. 13. Food Zoning Paper Examined how food production and food access uses are incorporated in the zoning codes of several jurisdictions across the United States by specifically focusing on:  Use definitions,  Allowed zoning districts,  Specific use standards
  14. 14. Proposed Recommendations Add use terms like urban agriculture, community gardens, and farmers’ markets to the Orange County Zoning Code Avoid animal husbandry uses Staff is still discussing the appropriate urban zoning districts where to put food uses and the specific standards for each use

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