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Jersey City, N.J., Ordinance 11-019 (Feb. 23, 2011)
Brief Summary
This ordinance amends the City's "Adopt A Lot" program, authorizing low-cost ($1.00 per year) lease of vacant city land, to include "open space" shown to be in need of improvements, for the use of gardening or recreation. The amendments also include revised "Adopt-a-Lot' lease standards and revised standards for administration. In general the changes reduce the number of regulatory requirements.
Legal Strategies
Requires something, sets standards.
Expressly allows something.
Reach
Limited scope. This law relates to an "Adopt-a-Lot" program whereby the city leases out vacant land for very low cost, for gardening or recreational uses to benefit the public.
Food System Category: Grow
State: New Jersey
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Jersey City
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Unclear. Ordinance "whereas" clauses refer to a goal of "improving" vacant land through the program.
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. The findings stated include, e.g., "various non-profit corporations and associations…have expressed interest in participating in the 'Adopt a Lot' program;" and "the City desires to execute leases with lessees desiring to participate in the City's 'Adopt a Lot' program." See "whereas" clauses at 1.
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Unclear. Although not labeled "intent" or "purpose" the "whereas" clauses at the beginning of the ordinance demonstrate intent. They include, e.g., the following: "the City desires to amend Ordinance 01-109 to update the "Adopt a Lot" program for the purpose of leasing vacant lots and open space land shown to be in need of improvements for gardening and recreational purposes which benefit the public." See "whereas" clauses at 1. Additionally there is an accompanying "Ordinance Fact Sheet" which indicates the "reasons" for and "anticipated benefits" of the amendments. As stated: "the amendments will better facilitate the implementation of the "Adopt a Lot" program and promote community gardening;" and "the amendments will facilitate urban agriculture, community building, food security, environmental education, and healthier residents." See attached "Ordinance Fact Sheet" at ¶¶ 4-5.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Unclear. Implementation steps are authorized (application approval, lease execution, lease drafting, etc.), but not specifically required. Text amendments to Ordinance 01-109 at 2.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
No.
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
No.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
Code context and ordinance history
This is an uncodified ordinance (Ord. No. 11-019, Feb. 23, 2011). History: amends City Ordinance 01-109.