Hello everyone. In my fair town, we have a non-profit youth summer camp that owns a large property at the edge of the City limits. Only one of our streets really fronts their property, and there are single-family homes directly across the street from the camp property, though the camp itself is mostly out of sight save for a couple of its larger buildings closer to the entrance to it.
Anyway, said camp would like to organize a community garden on their property along a relatively large portion that fronts the street with homes on the other side of it. Large as in you could fit four roughly 2,000 sq. foot homes on the proposed garden site. Of course, we've now got residents that will be living across the street from the garden voicing complaints (mostly that it'll be an eyesore). The camp wants to charge a fee for usage of the garden and one must sign up to be a "member" and so on. They plan to provide a tool shed as well as a wire fence to keep deer out and a few other things.
The problem is, the property that the camp is on is zoned recreational, and the zoning ordinance specifically allows "youth camps" within recreational zoning districts. However, nothing in our zoning or any other ordinances says anything about community gardens. We do have procedures for conditional use permits, which I think this would fall under.
Basically, I was wondering if any of you out there, particularly those in Texas, are aware of any cities that regulate community gardens? Am I wrong in thinking that this type of land use, though it's in a recreational district, would require a conditional use permit, since it's not mentioned at all in any ordinances and is not a use as of/by right (i.e. it's not expressly permitted like the youth camp is)
Sorry this is so long! It's just kind of an odd/new situation for me. Any responses are appreciated. Thank you.