I've been in contact with the zoning administrator, mostly regarding micro-livestock within city limits. According to animal control, micro-livestock are perfectly fine The zoning administrator opines they are not legal. Perfectly legal in residential areas is crop production, and later on, it says "similar uses" are okay too, which apparently means gardening.
If you want to use your land for agricultural purposes, you need a conditional use permit, which costs a couple hundred dollars in fees, plus you have to show up at a few city council meetings, and they may or may not approve your permit. Specified as agricultural uses are viticulture (grapes for wine), apiculture (bees), floriculture (flowers), and horticulture, which seems to cover just about everything but bio-concrete (lawn).
Springfield's zoning laws need updating to reflect our world of food insecurity. We are surrounded by agricultural fields, and yet our state imports 95% of the food we eat. We find ourselves in the third world, growing crops for export, and buying imports. We live in a food desert. There is not much fresh and healthy available in this city at the moment, and increasing numbers of us do not have the means to leave town in search of farmers who are willing to sell or trade.
We're getting together an urban food task force to figure out what to do in official means. I will hopefully get the last clarification letter from the zoning administrator soon. I hope to find online some well-written zoning codes for micro-livestock, and educate myself on what all this means to us, our city at large, and to figure out how to acknowledge valid concerns. Then we'll start educating others, including those who have the power to change the law.
I'm kind of ambivalent about how all this is going to turn out. Partly, I feel constrained with food not lawns regarding animals. I have not yet suggested people get animals illegally. I stopped voting a long time ago, but I'll give entirely local politics one last hurrah. I figure next year at this time, I'll have chicks. It'll be legal or not. If not, I'll be bribing my neighbors with fresh eggs, just like all the other chicken bandits in town.