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Policy 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.

Background Information

State Washington
Jurisdiction Name Seattle
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
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).

Health-related goal?
No

Environmental goal?
No

Economic goal?
No

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
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.

Includes definitions?
No

Addresses implementation?
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.

Enforcement provisions?
No

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra 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.