City Vote Urges Neighbor To Zone Urban Farm

A neighboring city has tendered its support of a plan to set aside 5 acres of a planned housing development in Mountain View, California, as an educational urban farm space. Some officials see the vote of support as outsider meddling.

"The Los Altos council voted 3-2 this week to send a letter to the Mountain View City Council in support of the concept of an urban farm that would be used to educate children."

"The Farmlands Group is lobbying the city of Mountain View to set aside a 5-acre section of the 15-acre pumpkin patch site for an organic farm that would coexist with a proposed housing development."

"Los Altos Mayor Curtis Cole objected to the motion, saying Mountain View is in a better position to make zoning decisions that impact its city."

"'There's a real moral hazard in Los Altos suggesting changes that would benefit Los Altos without Los Altos sharing in the cost,' he said Thursday."

Full Story: Los Altos urges Mountain View to adopt 'urban farm' concept

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