FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale continues to strengthen its commitment to sustainability, biodiversity, and community engagement with recent changes to City ordinances aimed at promoting pollinator-friendly landscapes and community gardens.
The first ordinance, PC 23-08, amends Title 15 and Title 11 of the Carbondale Revised Code to support and encourage Pollinator-Supportive Landscapes. Carbondale now recognizes three classifications of pollinator-supportive landscapes: Pollinator Gardens, Bee Lawns, and Native Planting Areas. These classifications offer flexibility and options for community members to create vibrant and beneficial habitats for pollinators while maintaining site visibility and enhancing the beauty of neighborhoods.
The second ordinance, PC 23-07, amends Title 15 of the Carbondale Revised Code to support and encourage Community Gardens. Community gardens provide spaces for community members to engage in various activities such as growing plants, producing food, and fostering beautification, education, recreation, and food security. Following notification of City staff and obtaining a Zoning Certificate, community gardens with garden sheds and/or gazebos are now permitted in all zoning districts, ensuring access and inclusivity for all residents.
The City of Carbondale is proud to support pollinator-friendly landscapes and community gardens, which contribute to the well-being of our environment and enhance community connections.
More information can be found on the City Sustainability page: https://www.explorecarbondale.com/884/Sustainability
For additional information, contact Sustainability Coordinator Lauren Becker at [email protected].
“Carbondale prides itself on providing its visitors, students, businesses and residents with a unique mix of edge and ease. It’s a cultural town, yet free of pretense, embracing the great outdoors as readily as urban sophistication. Here, we are open to new ideas, experiences and cultures, so you are encouraged to both express yourself and be yourself, in all ways. That’s Carbondale…All Ways Open… for family, fun, business, new ideas and a bright tomorrow.”