The City recently updated its zoning code to promote and support urban agriculture activities throughout all 621 square miles of Oklahoma City. The modified ordinance provides clarification for activities such as managing compost, rainwater harvesting, starting and operating community gardens, and maintaining front, back and side yard vegetable gardens.
The Planning Department and Sustainability Office collaborated to create a brochure that summarizes the standards and guidelines within the ordinance to assist residents interested in starting and/or expanding home and community gardens and participating in related activities. Download the brochure (PDF).
Green Home Loan
Oklahoma City homeowners wanting to save money on their electric and gas bill by making their home more energy efficient can apply for a green home loan offered through the City of Oklahoma City.
The loans are offered to Oklahoma City residents whose household income is $100,000 or less. Residents can have up to 48 months to pay back their 3% fixed interest rate loan, which can be up to $15,000. Landlords cannot apply for rental properties. Some of the energy efficient upgrades that can be made with a loan include:
- Installing energy-efficient windows or exterior doors
- Adding more insulation to attic and walls
- Replacing inefficient window air conditioning units with central heat and air
- Installing of a new heat pump
- Replacing a dark-colored roof with a cool roof that reflects the sun
- Purchasing energy efficient appliances
- Upgrading lighting efficiency
- Installing alternative energy