POLICY DATABASE
Policy Summary

This act encourages private land use for urban agriculture by allowing abatement of 90% the real property tax otherwise levied on private land used, leased, or allowed to be used for an agricultural use under certain conditions. It provides that a tax exempt entity shall not lose its tax exempt status if its grounds are used for urban farming or community gardens; and provides a tax credit for individual taxpayers, corporations, and unincorporated businesses that donate food grown from urban farming or community gardens.

Background Information

State District of Columbia
Jurisdiction Name Washington
Jurisdiction Type Other, .
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Creates a fund, enables access to a funding stream
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow; Distribute;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
No

Health-related goal?
No

Environmental goal?
No

Economic goal?
Yes

The law refers to "intructional programs in science and gardening that prepare students for related career opportunities." § 101(b).

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
No

Includes definitions?
Yes

§§ 101(a); 201(a)(2), (c)(2), (c)(3), (c)(4).

Addresses implementation?
No

Enforcement provisions?
No

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
Unclear

The law makes a reference to a fiscal impact statement that is not included in the act. § 303.

Code context and ordinance history

This policy is referred to as the "Urban Farming and Food Security Amendment Act of 2014." History: This act amends the Food Production and Urban Gardens Program Act of 1986 and Title 47 of the District of Columbia Official Code.