What are the steps for starting a Community Garden on privately owned property?
  • Get a good site
  • Get permission - The County Auditor's website can help you identify the property owner, who must give you permission to use the site as a community garden. Permission can take the form of either a lease agreement between the property owner and the community garden group or a letter from the property owner giving permission to the group to use the property for a community garden for at least one year.
  • Get the soil tested
  • Get a plan
  • Create a written description of how the garden will operate including participants and the leadership structure
  • Create a site layout drawing (hand-drawn with dimensions)
  • Determine how you will fund the garden
  • Determine how you will get adequate water for the garden site
  • Create a timeline for starting the community garden
  • Contact neighbors adjacent to and across the street from the site and share your plans with them
  • For zoning questions or to find out if your plans require BZA / CPC approval, contact Dan Feinstein at 216-491-1435.
  • Get BZA / CPC approval if required – Call 216-491-1435 to apply to BZA / CPC, which requires you to submit the BZA / CPC application and your garden and site plan as outlined above, pay the application fee, and present your request at a BZA / CPC meeting.
  • Get growing!

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1. How can I contact other Community Gardens?
2. Where can I get help starting a Community Garden?
3. Who should I contact at the City about starting a Community Garden?
4. When should I contact the City about starting a Community Garden?
5. What questions do I need to think about when looking for a Community Garden site?
6. Should I have the site's soil tested?
7. How do I get water for my Community Garden?
8. What types of zoning regulations do I need to consider?
9. What else should I consider?
10. What are the steps for starting a Community Garden on City-owned property?
11. What are the steps for starting a Community Garden on privately owned property?
12. What costs are associated with starting a Community Garden?
13. How long will it take to get a Community Garden up and running?