Reported By Joe Avary, Video Journalist - bio | email
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
A proposed amendment to the Metro Zoning ordinance could soon change the way Davidson County farmers are allowed to sell their crops.
Under the current Metro zoning code, it is against the law for farmers to sell their goods on their property.
Metro council representative Jason Holleman is a co-sponsor of the proposed amendment which would allow agriculturally zoned properties five acres and larger to sell crops grown on their property.
Holleman told Nashville's News 2 he believes the suggested changes would be beneficial to the county.
"The more we can make farming economically viable, that land can be used for something not as intensive as full blown commercial or residential development," he explained.
Farmer Casey Morton said he is supportive of the new amendment and believes the changes would help preserve his 166 acre farmland which has been in his family for generations.
"All we really want is to be able to grow and sell what we raise on this farm, what we've done since the 1800's," he said. "We're just hoping that [the current] law is taken away so we can continue to do what we do."
The amendment is set to go before the Metro Planning Commission on June 19. A public hearing is scheduled to be at Metro Council on July 3.