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California Assembly bill would extend tax break to turn urban lots into farms

Saturday, March 4, 2017 8:40
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Kevin Bayuk of the Urban Permaculture Institute of San Francisco works at the18th and Rhode Island Permaculture Garden in S.F. in 2014. The garden is owned by a private landowner who later received a property tax break for allowing the land to be used for agriculture under the state’s Urban Agricultural Incentive Zones act. Photo: Leah Millis, The Chronicle. Click on image for larger file.

“Urban farming needs more time to take root and help more Californians access nutritious food in their own neighbourhoods.”

By Tara Duggan
San Francisco Chronicle
February 27, 2017


Since the law was enacted, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose and San Diego have all passed local ordinances giving financial incentives to turn unused lots into urban agricultural zones for a range of uses, including vegetable farming, beekeeping and nonprofit teaching gardens.

The law expires in 2019, and with state Assembly bill AB465, Ting proposes extending it to 2029 to allow more cities and counties — which must have a minimum of 250,000 residents — to follow suit.

One of those is Los Angeles, which is working toward passing an ordinance. Unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County, as well as Santa Clara County, already offer the tax breaks.

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