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Warren urban gardens burdened by zoning codes

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WARREN, Ohio -

A group responsible for turning dozens of blighted properties in Warren into urban gardens is asking the city to make their efforts a little bit easier.

Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership says every time they want to add a structure, such as a shed or green house to a garden they must first receive city permission. The hearing process requires $200 legal fee. The non-profit feels the money could be better spent.

"It's hard enough to raise a couple hundred bucks to get the shed, just to get $200 just to have the city say that it will be allowed. That's a burdensome cost that could be used on urban agriculture itself," said Matt Martin with the Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership.

Warren's Law Director says the hearing procedure allows others in the neighborhoods to voice any concerns before a structure is built near their property.

Council did not make any decisions. But, Councilwoman Helen Rucker says the city may consider options to waive or reduce the legal fee for non-profits.
 

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