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Seattle, Wash., Code § 3.35.060-.080 (current through Mar. 29, 2019)
Brief Summary
These provisions relate to the administration of the City's P-Patch community garden program. The set out the Director of Neighborhood's duties with respect to administering the program and to lease or obtain access to land for use as "P-Patch community gardens or for similar open space use," with some limitations.
Legal Strategies
Expressly allows something.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Grow, Get
State: Washington
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Seattle
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
Yes. Director may waive or reduce fees for garden plots used by low-income persons or to benefit low-income persons, and for plots used by organizations dedicated to food bank gardening. § 3.35.060 (F).
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?
No.
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?
No.
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?
Yes. "There is established a Department of Neighborhoods to provide community members and groups with coordinated, accessible, and effective tools and resources to: A. Identify and address their diverse character and needs; B. Participate in City government processes; C. Improve two-way communications with City departments; D. Build capacity and strengthen their communities; E. Resolve and respond to issues and challenges facing their communities; F. Communicate and collaborate with other local organizations and community groups; and G. Foster coordination and unity of purpose among local communities and City government." § 3.35.010.
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?
Yes. The Director of Neighborhoods (Director) can establish and collect fees for use of P-Patch gardend plots, subject to guidelines provided in law. § 3.35.060. The Director also can act on City's behalf to lease property for use as P-Patch community gardens or similar uses, including managing the leases and negotiating terms for leases, easements and the like subject to limits described in the law. § 3.35.080.
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?
Yes. Up to $2,00 per year for leases for "P-Patch community gardens or for similar open space use." § 3.35.080.
Code context and ordinance history
Sections 3.35.060 "Garden plot fee schedule; permits" and 3.35.080 "Leases and agreements authorized," is located in Title 3, "Administration," Subtitle II, "Departments and Offices," Chapter 3.35, "Department of Neighborhoods." History for 3.35.060: Ord. 121656 § 1, 2004; Ord. 121341 § 1, 2003; Ord. 120985 § 1, 2002; Ord. 120171 § 1, 2000; Ord. 118546 § 1, 1997; Ord. 117397 § 1, 1994; Ord. 115929 § 1, 1991; Ord. 113738 § 1, 1987; Ord. 109489 § 1, 1980; Ord. 107833 § 1, 1978; Ord. 106958 § 1, 1977. History for 3.35.080: Ord. 118546 § 3, 1997: Ord. 118208 § 1, 1996.