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Policy Summary

This law promotes urban agricultural use of otherwise vacant, unimproved, and blighted parcels by providing a tax-incentive for properties that produce food and agricultural products if the property owner agrees to keep the property in active agricultural use for a period of five years.

Background Information

State California
Jurisdiction Name Sacramento
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Expressly allows something
  • Creates an incentive for a change
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
No

Health-related goal?
Yes

The law states "The city recognizes that urban agriculture improves community access to healthy food, helps create a more sustainable food system, builds community, and connects people to the land." § 17.722.010.

Environmental goal?
No

Economic goal?
Yes

The law states "Increased opportunity to participate in small-scale entrepreneurial agriculture will supplement incomes and help to create a more resilient economy." § 17.722.010.

Includes findings?
Yes

The law states "the city recognizes that urban agriculture improves community access to healthy food, helps create a more sustainable food system, builds community, and connects people to the land. Increased opportunity to participate in small-scale entrepreneurial agriculture will supplement incomes and help to create a more resilient economy." § 17.722.010.

Has a stated intent or purpose?
Yes

The stated purpose of the law is "to promote urban agricultural use of otherwise vacant, unimproved, and blighted parcels by providing a tax-incentive for properties that produce food and agricultural products. The city recognizes that urban agriculture improves community access to healthy food, helps create a more sustainable food system, builds community, and connects people to the land. Increased opportunity to participate in small-scale entrepreneurial agriculture will supplement incomes and help to create a more resilient economy. Lack of access to land is a major obstacle for urban agriculture. By creating an Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone, the city seeks to encourage owners of eligible property to commit the property to urban agriculture for at least 5 years, giving urban agriculturalists access and stability." § 17.722.010.

Includes definitions?
Yes

Ch. 17.108.

Addresses implementation?
Yes

The City Manager is authorized to approve or deny Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones Contracts, which are constructed in a form approved by the City Attorney. The city may impose a fee on contracting property owners for administering the contracts. § 17.722.030(C) and § 17.722020(C)-(D).

Enforcement provisions?
Yes

Consequences for non-compliance include contract cancellation and a cancellation fee equal to the cumulative value of the tax benefit received during the duration of the contract plus interest. § 17.722.040.

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
Unclear

The policy creates a new program and references charging fees to contract holders to cover implementation and administrative costs, but it is unclear if new staff would be hired or existing city staff would implement, administer, and enforce the contracts. § 17.722.020(C).

Code context and ordinance history

This policy is located in the Sacramento, California City Code, Title 17 - Planning and Development Code, Division VII - City-Wide Programs. History: Ord. 2015-0024 § 1.