- Burrell EllisCEO/DeKalb County
- Connie StokesChair/DeKalb County Code Enforcement Task Force
Tell Georgia's Code Enforcement Officers: Don't Fine Urban Gardeners
For nearly 15 years, Steve Miller's grown organic veggies on his two-acre property in Clarkston, Georgia. But this past January, DeKalb County Code Enforcement officials cited Miller, saying his property wasn't properly zoned for that many vegetables and that he had unpermitted workers. Miller put his urban garden on a hiatus this summer as he got his property rezoned. Despite Miller's compliance, the county is still suing Miller, who faces up to $5,000 in fines.
An urban garden promotes ecologically friendly growing practices, cuts back on carbon emissions from food miles, boosts a community's health, and ensures food security. Folks like Miller shouldn't be fined, but rather lauded as model citizens.
Take action now, and sign our petition asking DeKalb County officials to stop suing Miller, remove the fines, and allow him to continue gardening.
- CEO/DeKalb County
- Chair/DeKalb County Code Enforcement Task Force
It's come to our attention that Clarkston resident, Steve Miller, is currently being sued by the county for growing too many vegetables and having unpermitted workers on his two-acre property. Even though Miller went through the process of having his land rezoned, he is still facing fines of up to $5,000.
Urban gardens like Miller's promote ecologically friendly growing practices, cut back on carbon emissions from food miles, boost a community's health, and ensure food security. Folks like Miller shouldn't be fined, but rather lauded as model citizens.
Please stop the proceedings to sue or fine Miller. Urban gardens should be encouraged, not discouraged by the county.
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