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We are pleased to announce that the Vacant Lot Toolkit is now available for viewing or download. Click on the picture below to view or download the document.



The toolkit is primarily designed for the vacant properties east of 72nd Street, some of which are owned by the City of Omaha.  Vacant lots west of 72nd Street are typically privately owned and are likely to have houses built on them.

This toolkit will provide examples of what can be done with a vacant lot and what to consider when designing a plan for the vacant lot.  A budget worksheet is provided at the end of the toolkit to assist in estimating costs. A list of funding resources is also included.

Available Vacant Lots

The Housing and Community Development Division has City-owned lots which may be used for community gardening on an interim basis. Ultimately, these lots will be used for new housing or other civic purposes, and so they are not available as permanent community gardens. A list of available lots is presented below along with other pertinent information.

To apply for a lot, please fill out the following online form. Depending on demand, some lots may still be available after the deadline of March 1, 2018, so please check back. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 402-444-5150 ext. 2021.

Selected applicants must sign a Seasonal Gardening Agreement. Click here to review a copy of the Seasonal Gardening Agreement.

Please click on the following link to see an interactive Map of available lots for 2018.

Check out our Vacant Lots to Gardens Interactive Journal and see the great work Omaha gardeners have done on the vacant lots they've converted to neighborhood gardens.

Gardening Resources

Zoning & Urban Farming: Things to Know in Omaha

Omaha Public Library - Common Soil Seed Library, classes and more

Omaha Plants

Douglas County Health Department

Omaha Lead Registry

UNL Extension in Douglas and Sarpy County

EPA Brownfields & Urban Agriculture: Guidelines for Safe Gardening Practices