New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance

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20.3.C.2 Soil Testing

a.   Prior to the establishment of an agricultural use, soil testing from an accredited analytical laboratory is required to measure nutrients, heavy metals and any other harmful contaminants that may be present.  The laboratory shall follow the testing protocol established by the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center.  The soil samples shall be representative samplings from the entire portion of the site to be used for agricultural purposes.  The applicant shall provide a written report showing the results of such testing.

b.  Soil testing is not required for sites already in agricultural use, as of the effective date of this Ordinance.

c.  Alternatively, the operator may use raised planter boxes for all plants, in which case soil testing is not required. Raised planters shall have a minimum height of one (1) foot, constructed of materials that will not contaminate the crops or soil, and have a barrier that is impermeable to roots between on-site and imported soil. 

Ord. 29278 MCS, 12-19-19, ZD 079/19;