Philadelphia, Penn., Policies for the Sale and Reuse of City Owned Property (April 20, 2012)
Brief Summary
These policies allow for special types of city land use agreements, including those linked to community gardens. Policies allow for one year licenses for individual gardens, and licenses of up to 5 years for community gardens (which must be used for non-commercial purposes). These policies apply to the real property inventories owned by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation, and the surplus inventory held by the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Public Property.
Legal Strategies
Requires something, sets standards.
Creates an incentive for a change.
Limited scope. It is an administrative policy.
Food System Category: Grow, Get
State: Pennsylvania
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Philadelphia
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
Yes. Affordable housing projects (5); Creation of new infrastructure or support for existing infrastructure, to improve safety and mobility for children, seniors, and other pedestrians. (5,6).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. Health Centers (5).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Yes. Storm water management (5).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Yes. Guiding principles refer to a goal of eliminating blight, revitalizing communities, and strengthening the city's tax base (P. 1); another goal is " leveraging of previous public investments in infrastructure, job creation, and economic development "(p. 5); "Projects with the potential to spur additional private investment in underperforming commercial corridors, neighborhood centers, and areas of regional economic significance." ( p. 5).
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?
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. This policy shall be used to promote and regulate the sale and use of city properties (Guiding Principles).
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. See page 8 (defining "individual garden" and "community garden") in text.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. Provides details pertaining to who may purchase and who may be sold to (p. 1 - 10); the City is responsible for reviewing requests for purchasing city owned property and either accepting or declining offers to purchase property. (p. 2,3).
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. To ensure that these expectations are met, the City will place conditions on land it conveys to achieve the agreed upon outcome and will follow up with a systematic review of these agreements after property has been conveyed. (p. 2).
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
Code context and ordinance history
Uncodified administrative policy, Final version April 20, 2012.