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

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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