Community gardens given green light by Galesburg council

From the Register-Mail:

A new zoning designation will allow community gardens to be developed on vacant residential properties. The City Council voted on Monday to approve community and private gardens as primary uses on residentially zoned properties.

Peter Schwartzman, a professor at Knox College, proposed using a property he bought from the city on West Tompkins Street for a community garden but the city’s zoning ordinance did not allow the use of a vacant residential lot as a garden area. Monday’s vote changes the ordinance to allow gardens on vacant lots.

Schwartzman’s proposal went before the city’s Plan Commission which recommended to the City Council to change the zoning rule.