Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones
We define urban agriculture broadly. It involves a spectrum of activities for production, distribution and marketing of food and other products within the cores of metropolitan areas and at their edges. Examples include community, school, joint use, backyard, and rooftop gardens with a purpose extending beyond home consumption and education, innovative food-production methods that maximize production in a small area, farms supplying urban farmers markets, community supported agriculture, and family farms located in metropolitan greenbelts.
Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones are parcels of land in which private land owners in urban areas receive a tax incentive for leasing 0.1 to 3 acres of land to growers, farmers, and or/or gardeners for agriculture use for a period of 5 years. The state law (AB 551) aims to increase land access for urban agriculture through the use of vacant, privately owned land approved by county and city officials.
More details: AB551 Fact Sheet - Overview of the law and benefits of urban agriculture
In San Diego County, the City of San Diego is almost complete with the adoption of Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones. Other cities are on its way.